evelopers of a $200 million casino-hotel project for the Lincoln Race Course in Nebraska released further details and renderings of their plans Tuesday.
A 3D rendering from WarHorse Gaming and LSE Architects shows a floor with slot machines and table games, and it also features a hotel with rooms overlooking the horse track, as reported by Lincoln Journal Star. The released video provides aerial views of the complex and an interior view of the casino.
WarHorse Gaming, a subsidiary of the Winnebago Tribe’s Ho-Chunk Inc., is partnering with the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association to operate casino gambling at tracks in Lincoln, at Horsemen’s Park in Omaha and Atokad Downs in South Sioux City.
Shortly after voters in November approved constitutional amendments to legalize casino gambling at Nebraska horse tracks, officials eyed the Lincoln Race Course as the location best poised to capitalize because of its new and expanded horse track, proximity to a populous city and distance from competing casinos.
“Although we’re still early in the process, it’s exciting to see the potential of a world-class gaming operation for the city of Lincoln and state of Nebraska,” Lance Morgan, president and CEO of Ho-Chunk, said in a press release. “Our goal is to build a top-notch facility that compliments horse racing while at the same time offering a resort style casino/hotel on the property.”
WarHorse's construction will likely begin next year, Morgan said. Once the casino and hotel are finished, WarHorse could bring as many as 925 jobs to the city while generating as much as $15 million in state and local tax revenue annually, according to project officials.
Casino gambling is expected to begin in part later this year with full expansion anticipated in 2022, though the state has yet to formally establish the regulatory commission overseeing casino gambling.