Official Reveals Details of Two Kings Casino Pre-Launch Expansion and Phase 1 Construction

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New Details emerged from the Catawba Two Kings Casino project in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

Cleveland County official Jason Falls revealed the details of the plan to expand the casino’s pre-launch facility. Falls also showed the plans for Phase 1 of the full casino construction which is set to commence at the start of next year.

Pushing to Finish Pre-Launch Facility Expansion by Thanksgiving

According to a presentation by the Business Development Office of Cleveland County, the Catawba Nation is pushing to finish the expansion of their pre-launch facility by Thanksgiving. Currently, plans state that the addition of 500 slot machines and expansion of the existing gambling floor of the pre-launch facility will be completed by December 15th.

The pre-launch facility opened last July 1st and is unofficially generating 2,500 daily visitors which would give it an estimated 900,000 visitors per year. It is expected to operate until the full casino is complete. Construction of the permanent casino is expected to begin shortly after the expansion of the pre-launch area is complete.

Phase 1 to Begin on January 2022

The plans submitted by the Catawba Tribe reveal that the Phase 1 of the construction of the Catawba Two Kings Casino will begin on January 4, 2022 and it will cover the construction of a two-floor building. Initially, the Cleveland County allowed only a 60,000 square foot building as the introductory Phase 1. However the new plans reveal a several hundred thousand square feet .

Gaming floor in Phase 1 is listed at 95,575 square feet. The facility would include four restaurants with a total area of 37,000 square feet. At the corner of the site will rise a 29-floor tower that will be the center piece of the first phase of the full Catawba Two Kings Casino facility. Per Federal documents, the three-phase project will have a total cost of $273M.

Catawba Nation Begins Expansion of Two Kings Casino Pre-Launch Facility

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The Catawba Nation announced ongoing work to expand the capacity of their pre-launch casino located at Kings Mountain off Interstate 85.

According to a press release issued by project consultant Delaware North, the Catawba Tribe is expanding their North Carolina gambling facility because of th “overwhelming success” they have achieved since the pre-launch facility opened last July.

Catawba Nation Gaming Authority president Mike Ulizio also issued a statement on the expansion. Said Ulizio:

“With the overwhelming success of the Catawba Two Kings Casino’s pre-launch facility since opening, it makes sense to work as quickly as possible to provide additional gaming opportunities for our patrons across the Charlotte region.”

Double the Size of the Gaming Floor

The addition of the gaming machines will double the size of the existing 14,700 square feet gaming area of the pre-launch building and it will increase the total gaming machines at the facility to 1,000.

A representative for Delaware North said the expansion will include the hiring of additional personnel. The pre-launch facility had a manpower of 259 workers when it launched earlier this year. The capacity for the original pre-launch building was 1,100 people.

Site work for the expansion began at the start of this month and is expected to be completed at the end of the year, when Delaware North is expected to begin the construction of the first phase of the permanent Two Kings Casino Resort project.

Pre-Launch Facility

A pre-launch facility of the planned Two Kings Casino opened last July. It was constructed using prefabricated modular structures and has a total gaming area of 14,700 square feet with 500 slot machines. It also offers limited food and beverage and other guest amenities.

The first phase of the project is a larger “temporary” casino is scheduled to begin construction at the end of the year and is expected to be completed in one year. This planned structure will become a part of the full casino and is expected to add 1,300 slot machines to the existing pre-launch facility’s capacity.

Once completed, the full $273 million Two Kings Casino facility will also have table games and a hotel among other features. It is expected to create more than 2,600 permanent jobs at full buildout aside from hiring thousands of laborers during the construction phase.