Since breaking ground in August 2022, the Caesars Virginia casino resort project is still expected to be complete in late 2024.
The hotel tower is being built, with work underway on the third floor, said Caesars Virginia General Manager Chris Albrecht.
“There is also progress on the casino basement including back-of-house areas and the loading dock,” Albrecht told the Danville Register & Bee via email Wednesday. “There are also a couple of customer surface parking lots near completion.”
Danville Casino, the temporary gaming facility operating until completion of the full Caesars Virginia resort, currently has more than 400 employees, Albrecht said.
“Right now, we are posting and filling positions for the temporary facility,” he said. “All these positions will move over to the full resort.”
The company will begin posting for positions at the full resort around the middle of next year, Albrecht said.
When asked if Caesars still expects to have the 1,300 employees promised by the company when the full resort opens, Albrecht said it’s still developing its staffing plan.
“We are still building our staffing plan for the permanent facility, but it [the number of employees] will significantly increase the temporary,” he said.
Albrecht would not reveal which restaurants would be opening up in the resort.
“We will have a variety of great restaurant options for our patrons and plan to share more specifics at a later date,” he said.
Once the Caesars Virginia resort is open, the temporary Danville Casino facility, which is being rented, will be returned to its owner, Albrecht said.
“Much of the equipment inside the temporary [casino] will move over into the permanent facility,” he said.
The temporary casino has increased the number of its games since opening May 15. The facility now has just less than 800 slots, 33 table games, 36 electronic table games and 12 sports-betting kiosks, Albrecht said.
“We also recently added a noodle bowl kiosk in our high-limit area for an additional food offering to Three Stacks,” he said, referring to the first eatery to open in Danville Casino.
The $650 million Caesars Virginia casino is expected to generate up to $38 million in tax revenue to the city after it is up and running in 2024.
Whiting-Turner is the contractor building the casino resort. The firm also has constructed the Horseshoe Baltimore, as well as projects at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, The LINQ Hotel+Experience Las Vegas, Harvey’s Lake Tahoe and more.
Plans for Danville’s casino include a destination resort casino with a 500-room hotel.
The casino will feature more than 1,400 slot machines and table games, Caesars Sportsbook and WSOP Poker Room, a live poker room named for and carrying the spirit of the legendary World Series of Poker with 25 tables, Caesars Entertainment has said.
Meeting and convention space will total 40,000 square feet with an entertainment venue to accommodate up to 2,500 guests. There will also be restaurants and bars.