Groud breaking ceremony held for Hollywood Casino Columbus, Ohio

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Penn Entertainment held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new US$100 million Hollywood Casino Columbus in Ohio. The project, announced in July, will bring about a 180-room hotel in the city of Columbus. It will bring about an additional restaurant, local partnerships and other amenities. It will be constructed on the Hollywood Casino Columbus property, originally constructed in 2009.

Penn announced that the hotel is one of the four other growth projects it has. The projects include the land-based casinos in Illinois, Joliet, Aurora and a new hotel tower in Henderson, Nevada. The project is expected to bring about 100 permanent jobs once it opens and will bring about hundreds more during the construction phase. The first proposal for the project was presented in 2012 when the casino opened its doors. Penn Entertainment originally wanted an integrated resort when the casino was first launched. The seven-story hotel will take up 150,000 square feet. It will also include a conference space, a fitness centre and an outdoor terrace. A walkway will conveniently connect the hotel to the casino.

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Comments on the Hollywood Casino Columbus hotel project

“We are thrilled to introduce new amenities and a fabulous place for our players to stay. This will enable us to offer a full conference and banquet package, attracting both existing clients and new businesses to central Ohio and the West Side with our conference and meeting space abilities,” said Rick Skinner, Vice President and General Manager of Hollywood Casino.

“Since opening in 2012, our Columbus property has experienced tremendous growth,” PENN Entertainment CEO and president Jay Snowden said in a media release, “and the addition of a hotel at Hollywood Casino Columbus will create a true regional destination.”

Penn Entertainment is an American entertainment company that operates integrated entertainment, sports content and casino gambling. It operates in 20 states and has 43 properties across the country.