n the state of Kansas, new casinos must undergo rigorous background checks for licensing. The most recent license has been approved, and the proprietors of the Wyandotte County Casino can now begin construction
The move will allow construction to begin later this year on a Hollywood-themed casino overlooking Turn 2 at the Kansas Speedway, which is located outside Kansas City in Wyandotte County. The project is expected to open in the first half of 2012.
The us$ 386 million phase one development of Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway includes a 9,290 sqm casino floor with capacity for 2,300 slot machines and 86 table games. Plans also call for restaurants, a lounge and other entertainment options.
This, however, is only the first half of the construction.
Future plans include a hotel, expanded gaming space, a spa, convention center and an entertainment retail district to Kansas Speedway. Penn National and International Speedway Corp. will equally share the full project development costs. The project is expected to create 1,700 construction jobs and more than 1,000 full time jobs.
"Today's approval formally cements our role in the Wyandotte County community, and we are excited to begin working alongside our partner, International Speedway Corp., and with local businesses to construct a distinctive, first-class entertainment facility and destination resort," Penn National Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Peter Carlino said in a statement.
"The casino is just a starting point of all the good things to come as we fulfill our commitment to seek a second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race," said Lesa Kennedy, CEO of one of the International Speedway Corporation's developers.