Hollywood Casino in Baton Rogue will get a new name when the downtown casino launches its $70 million in late spring 2023.
The project broke ground in August and was supposed to be completed in the second half of 2022. But because of its proximity to the levee, construction had to stop when the Mississippi River is at a particular water level.
$70 Million Landside Expansion Project
The expansion will see Hollywood add 33,000 square feet to its atrium by converting the valet area parking to an indoor space. The riverboat’s 859 slot machines and 12 table games will be moved to land.
A DraftKings sportsbook will be featured in the casino as well as Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken Restaurant. The renovated casino will also have a coffee shop and a noodle restaurant. Once the current project is completed, Hollywood plans to add a hotel to compliment the casino.
Belle and Hollywood Will Be Different From Each Other
Also, the Belle of Baton Rogue hopes to go to the Louisiana Gaming Board before June to get permission to move the Belle to land. The purchase of the riverboat casino by CQ Holding Company was completed last week. But although the Belle and Hollywood now have the same owner, the two will be different from each other.
Belle will have its own branded sportsbook while Hollywood will have a DraftKings sportsbook. The restaurants in each casino will be different. With both moving to land, CQ hopes to get a good share of the Baton Rogue market which has been dominated by L’Auberge Baton Rogue.
Louisiana Riverboat Casinos Moving to Land
Some riverboat casinos in Louisiana are moving to land in reaction to the 2018 legislature which allows them to move off of their current river boats or barges and onto land. The law was passed to induce investments by getting the riverboat casinos to add hotels, restaurants, pools, spas, and other attractions.
The Isle of Capri Lake Charles is set to reopen on land as Horseshoe Casino Lake Charles after its floating casino barge was damaged by Hurricane Laura. Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner is also set to move to land as part of its $90 million expansion that could open in late 2023.