Caesars starts work on $39M expansion of Anderson casino

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Artist's rendering of the expansion at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson. (image provided by Caesar’s Entertainment)

Caesars Entertainment Inc., the parent of Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, said this week that work has begun on a previously announced expansion that will add 30,000 square feet to the gambling floor and 100 jobs at the venue.

The price tag for the expansion has climbed from $34 million to $39 million since it received approval from Anderson zoning board late last year despite an 8,000-square-foot downsizing to the plans.

The gaming company said expansion will allow for 150 additional slot machines and 16 more table games. Harrah’s also plans a new high-limit room for slots and table games with a new bar, an additional quick-serve restaurant on casino floor, a new rewards center and promotions area, and upgrades to the Pegasus trackside bar.

Indianapolis-based Pepper Construction is handling construction on the project. The renovations are expected to be completed by July 2023.

“The enhancements at Harrah’s Hoosier Park further exhibit Caesars Entertainment’s commitment to gaming in the state of Indiana,” Anthony Carano, president and chief executive officer of Caesars Entertainment said in written statement. “We are thrilled to unveil our exciting plans for the expansion of Harrah’s Hoosier Park. We’re confident these changes will benefit our guests and our team members.”

Caesars and Eldorado Resorts Inc. merged in 2020. As part of the consolidation, the Indiana Gaming Commission required the company to divest three properties in the state. But it maintained racinos in Anderson and Shelbyville. Caesars changed the name of the Shelbyville venue from Indiana Grand Racing & Casino to Horseshoe Indianapolis Racing & Casino in February after the completion of a nearly $34 million expansion and renovation project.

Caesars said the Anderson project will also include new carpeting and significant updates to architectural features and design elements across the property.

“It is certainly a huge investment for our community,” Anderson Mayor Tom Broderick told The Herald Bulletin. “It certainly means more jobs and increasing the tax base and expanding entertainment activities for folks as well. We certainly appreciate Caesars’ commitment to our community.”

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