New casino near Pennsylvania officially approved
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (WHTM) – Earlier today, it was Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) Unanimously approved a Class 4 slot machine license to SC Gaming OpCo, LLC for construction of a new casino in College Township, Center County.
The process to obtain a license from the PGCB began on September 2, 2020, when entrepreneur Ira Lubert obtained the right to locate a new casino, according to the PCGB. This right was secured by a winning bid by Lubert of $10,000,101 in a Class 4 auction held the same day.
After that meeting, Lubert submitted another application to the PCGB in January 2021 – this was to secure the official website for the future casino. The location chosen for the new casino was in a 94,000-square-foot building in Nittany Mall, located along Collage Street—the space had previously been used as a Macy’s department store.
Upon requesting this site, the PCGB conducted an in-depth background investigation of the application, as well as collecting input from the surrounding audience. In accordance with the PCGB, to obtain ample public input, they held a public hearing in College Township on August 16, 2021, and collected written comments through June 12, 2022.
It is important to note that a Class 4 slot machine license allows a casino to operate between 300 – 750 slot machines. According to the PGCB, the casino owner can also petition for permission to run 30 table games for an additional fee of $2.5 million. After this fee, the casino can add 10 additional table games after one year of operation.
According to a presentation made to PGCB earlier today, the new casino, which will be operated by Bally’s Corporation, will offer the following:
- 750 slot machines
- 30 board games
- Retail sports betting
- Theater for live music and events
- Fast food and drink outlets
The new casino is expected to cost about $35 million to build and should create 350 full-time construction jobs in the process. In addition, the new casino is expected to employ approximately 350 people.
Construction is expected to take about 12 months to complete — a target grand opening date has yet to be announced, according to SC Gaming representatives.
For more information on the PGCB’s gaming regulatory efforts and the PA gaming industry, you can visit their website at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov