ive Casino! Pittsburgh opened to the general public on Tuesday at Westmoreland Mall in Western Pennsylvania.
The $150-million facility is the first of two gaming venues scheduled to open in Pennsylvania by The Cordish Companies, as Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia will follow suit in early 2021.
"On behalf of my family and our entire team at The Cordish Companies, we are incredibly proud to open Live! Casino Pittsburgh," David Cordish, Chairman of The Cordish Companies, said in a press release. "Live! Casino is a world-class gaming and entertainment venue that will be a true destination for the area and a powerful driver of new jobs and taxes for the Commonwealth and the local community for decades to come."
"We always say our goal is to give our customers a 'WOW' experience every time they visit the property," said Live! Casino General Manager Sean Sullivan. "We certainly have achieved that here. As important, Live! Casino Pittsburgh will serve as a transformative development that will create maximum community benefits for Westmoreland County and Hempfield Township."
Only one year since breaking ground on the project, Live! Casino Pittsburgh will provide the region $188 million in annual economic impact, an additional $148 million in economic impact from construction, and $47.5 million in tax revenues. The facility will provide more than 500 permanent new jobs for local and regional residents.
The 100,000-square-foot, two-level property features 750 slots and approximately 30 live-action table games, as well as a FanDuel Sportsbook. The casino, on the ground floor, is strictly for guests 21 and over. The second level is available to guests of all ages and provides a host of entertainment and food options, including live music and non-casino games. Live! Casino also features access and parking with over 6,000 surrounding surface spaces and adjacent covered parking.
A lineup of stellar dining opportunities at Live! Casino will include two premier concepts – Guy Fieri's American Kitchen + Bar and Sports & Social Steel City. The two-level Sports & Social Steel City is a sports restaurant, gaming venue and social lounge. The 445-seat venue is outfitted with AV technology, including a giant 40-foot LED video screen, and a wide variety of interactive social games, such as bowling, a golf simulator, ping pong, darts and more. Sports & Social Steel City also features an official FanDuel Sportsbook and Lounge on the first floor.
Live! Casino has developed a comprehensive Play It Safe plan that allows for ample social distancing, reduced occupancies, and vigorous hygiene and health measures for all guests and team members. Key components of the plan include the installation of an air purification system within the HVAC system to treat and clean the air in the facility, including any virus particulates. The system is designed to perform 12 air changes per hour throughout the casino floor.
Also, a slots management system guarantees every customer plays a freshly sanitized machine, and also has the capability to automatically social distance the customer from the nearest guest. The newly developed system can automatically shut down a slot machine after it has been played and can only be reactivated by an attendant after it has been sanitized. Also, once a player starts to play a newly sanitized machine, the system will lock down the machines on either side to enforce social distancing in areas not protected by plexiglass barriers. The system also will allow a patron to request their machine to be cleaned at any time.
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The entire plan follows guidelines and recommendations from federal and state public health officials, along with best practices for the gaming and hospitality industries focusing on masking, temperature checks, social distancing, and repeated cleaning of high-traffic areas, slot machines and table game equipment.
"We've made it a priority to provide a safe environment for our team members and guests," said Sullivan. "Play It Safe employs extraordinary measures that meet and exceed the state's COVID-19 guidelines. We want our guests to have fun and feel safe."
The company said that management is still hiring for a variety of jobs, including experienced table games dealers, slot technicians, restaurant servers, among others.