Lauded as the company’s “major milestone,” the facility represents the first of two Live! branded casinos open with a $700m Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to open next year.
Striving to usher in Western Pennsylvania’s “new era of excitement,” Live! For decades to come, Casino Pittsburgh, located in Hempfield Township’s Westmoreland Mall, aims to become a major economic and cultural anchor.
Jon Cordish, principal of The Cordish Companies said: “Live! Casino Pittsburgh is a world-class destination that will set the gold standard for gaming, dining and entertainment in the region.
“As a family-owned business for over 100 years, today marks an incredibly special day for my family and for The Cordish Companies as we expand our Live! Casino brand into Pennsylvania for the first time. I’d like to thank Senator Ward, Representative Dunbar, county commissioners and local officials for their unending support of this project.”
One year after breaking ground on the project, the property will provide the area with an annual economic impact of $188 million, an additional economic impact of $148 million from construction, and tax revenues of $47.5 million. The facility would provide local and regional residents with more than 500 new permanent jobs. Cordish officials sent checks to the Westmoreland County Food Bank and Sage’s Army for $15,000 each to coincide with the opening.
Incoming State Senate majority Leader Kim Ward added: “To be creating hundreds of new permanent, well-paying jobs at this particular point in time is a real testament to the value this project is bringing to our region.
“I look forward to how the casino opening will bring renewed life to the Westmoreland Mall which has struggled under the recent COVID-19 restrictions and is a critical part of the commercial economy in Westmoreland County.
“Live! Casino is a first-class property and completely exceeded our expectations. Every step of the way, The Cordish Companies has done exactly what they promised to do. They have been a terrific partner and we are excited to welcome them to Pennsylvania.”
750 slots and around 30 live-action table games, as well as the FanDuel sportsbook, are featured in the 100,000-square-foot, two-level house. The casino, located solely on the ground floor, is for guests 21 and over only. The second level is open to visitors of all ages and offers a variety of options for entertainment and food, including live music and non-casino games.
From day 1, our vision was to create a world-class destination that would bring millions of dollars in economic activity, create thousands of new jobs and set a new standard for dining, entertainment and gaming. Incredibly proud to join the community to open @livecasinoPGH. pic.twitter.com/9KJk2tZnbe
— Cordish Companies (@cordishco) November 18, 2020