Casino comes ashore
J.C. Lyell, Staff Writer, [email protected]
Caesars Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino officially opened its new 110,000-square-foot land-based gaming facility Thursday. The new casino replaces the 21-year-old riverboat casino that most recently operated at Bridgeport as Horseshoe Southern Indiana.
“With completely new gaming facilities, increased amenities and new restaurant offerings, Caesars Southern Indiana will elevate the experience for our guests,” Brad Seigel, Caesars Southern Indiana senior vice president and general manager, said.
Some of the new facility’s features include a food court called Piazza, with five restaurant options that offer burgers, Asian food, pizza and more; a new bar and cocktail area called Volt Lounge that will showcase live entertainment each weekend; and a variety of slot machines, table games and poker offerings.
The casino’s sports betting facility, The Book, now has a permanent home on land, featuring wagering windows, several large televisions and “Fan Caves,” which are lounge areas available for rent that come with bottle service and an Xbox.
Other features of Caesars’ land-based facility include an exclusive area with an outdoor balcony for Caesars Rewards VIPs called the Laurel Lounge, high limits gaming areas with private parlors and a non-smoking gaming area.
Guests arriving at the casino’s second floor gaming room will now come face to face with the Juno Bar at the center of the floor, which is accented with a colossal decorative light fixture and several large flat-screen televisions.
Caesars has also completed renovations to its meeting and convention spaces to allow for larger groups and updated amenities for conferences and conventions.
Construction on the $90 million facility began 18 months ago and came to a head with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday that placed Caesars Entertainment Corp. CEO Tony Rodio alongside Seigel and Sara Tait, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission. The riverboat closed for three days in preparation for the switch from the Glory of Rome riverboat to the new building.
Just before the facility’s games were opened to the public, Rodio and Seigel, with the help of actors clothed in ancient Roman garb, unveiled an eight-foot statue of Julius Caesar, weighing nearly one ton, near the second-floor entrance to the gaming area. The statue was delivered by UPS trucks from Las Vegas to its new home in Bridgeport.
State Rep. Karen Engleman, R-Georgetown, was in attendance at the grand opening and said the facility is the start of a new chapter in the casino’s relationship with the community.
“Caesars has been a fantastic partner for Harrison County and Southern Indiana, and we’ve done some amazing things with the revenue (received from gaming taxes),” she said, citing the Harrison County Community Foundation’s work in the community and the county’s revenue-sharing program that sends funds to several neighboring counties and local towns.
Caesars Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino, formerly Horseshoe Southern Indiana, is located at 11999 Casino Center Drive SE at Bridgeport in southeast Harrison County and is open 24 hours.
For more information or to book a room, visit caesars.com/caesars-southern-indiana or call 866-676-7463.