Bally’s plans large casino near Penn State University
By Bob Garcia
The new Category 4 gambling property will be ready sometime during the first half of next year
As far as weathering the COVID-19 debacle goes, Pennsylvania has had some helping hands because of its foresight in allowing online gaming. This has proven to be beneficial to the losses incurred by commercial shutdowns across the state, and the country, and the Keystone State’s gambling market will soon include another venue. Bally’s Corporation is preparing to add a new casino to the landscape, this one located not far from Penn State University (PSU).
Bally’s announced the new, $120-million project yesterday, explaining that it was working with PSU trustee Ira Lubert to bring the casino to life. It will be a Category 4 gaming facility “near the Nittany Mall,” about four miles from the PSU campus. When it’s up and running, it will offer up to 30 table games and as many as 750 slot machines, as well as a retail sportsbook. Construction on the casino, the first for Bally’s in the state, is scheduled to begin before this summer and will take about a year.
Bally’s president and CEO, George Papanier, adds in a statement, “Expanding our rapidly growing, national footprint into the attractive Pennsylvania gaming market represents yet another major milestone for Bally’s and a great way to cap off a truly extraordinary year. Regional, land-based casinos remain the cornerstone of our portfolio diversification strategy, providing the necessary support for the growth, development and success of our future sports betting and iGaming initiatives. We look forward to combining our own proven track record of greenfield development with Ira Lubert’s local knowledge and expertise to bring Bally’s first-in-class gaming experience and amenities to customers and sports fans across Pennsylvania.”