The Cordish Companies has held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its $150m Live! Casino Pittsburgh, six days before the property debuts for the general public on Tuesday 24 November.
Lauded as a “major milestone” for the company, the facility represents the first of two Live! branded casinos to open in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with $700m Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia to debut next year.
Striving to usher in a “new era of excitement in western Pennsylvania,” Live! Casino Pittsburgh, located in the Westmoreland Mall in Hempfield Township, aims to become a major economic and community anchor for decades to come.
“Live! Casino Pittsburgh is a world-class destination that will set the gold standard for gaming, dining and entertainment in the region,” commented Jon Cordish, principal of The Cordish Companies.
“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 on from breaking ground on the project, the property will provide the region $188m in annual economic impact, an additional $148m in economic impact from construction, and $47.5m in tax revenues. The facility will provide more than 500 permanent new jobs for local and regional residents. To coincide with the opening Cordish officials presented checks for $15,000 each to the Westmoreland County Food Bank and to Sage’s Army.
“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,” said incoming State Senate majority Leader Kim Ward.
“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.”
The 100,000-square-foot, two-level property features 750 slots and approximately 30 live-action table games, as well as the FanDuel sportsbook. Located exclusively on the ground level, the casino 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.