Casino at Ocean Downs to Expand
BERLIN, MD, September 18, 2013 — The Casino at Ocean Downs has received approval from the Worcester County Planning Commission to construct a 35,000-square-foot expansion plus a back-of-house mezzanine adjacent to the casino and the Ocean Downs Racetrack.
“We are expanding because we were limited to the former footprint of the Grandstand to accommodate our original proposed slot casino,” said General Manager Joe Cavilla. “The new building will allow us to spread out the existing operation. We will be adding a racing sports restaurant to include simulcast wagering with a view of the racetrack, a very large storage area, and larger back of the house operations.” Approximately 10 table games will be included, but seasonal staffing logistics are a complex issue and need to be solved before submission for approval to the State Lottery Commission.
The Casino does not plan to increase the number of slot games it offers, but it will move some of its 800 games into the new space to enhance aesthetics and player comfort. The addition will include a new viewing area for racing if funding through the Racing Facility Redevelopment Fund (RIFA) is approved by the State Racing Commission.
“We are committed to providing an operation that appeals to and excites our customers, enhances the attraction of the Ocean City-Berlin, Maryland resort area and provides stable revenue for our state and local stakeholders,” Cavilla said. “This small expansion will allow friendlier and service-oriented enhancements and is in the work-in-progress stage of development.”
About the Casino at Ocean Downs:
The Casino at Ocean Downs offers a premier entertainment facility in the heart of Maryland’s beach resort community with 800 slot machines and live seasonal harness racing. Ocean Downs Racetrack is in its 64th year of exciting night racing and continues to draw some of the biggest audiences for harness racing in the U.S. For more information, visit www.oceandowns.com.
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