Indiana’s latest casino project is officially underway.
In November 2021, Churchill Downs Inc. won the rights to develop a casino in Terre Haute in western Indiana, near the Illinois border.
On Tuesday, the groundbreaking took place for this project, the Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort, in the presence of local dignitaries.
According to a February release by CDI, the total scope of the project includes the development of 400,000 square feet, at least 500 permanent jobs and another 1,000 jobs during construction.
Path to Terre Haute Casino
In 2019, voters in Vigo County (where Terre Haute is the country’s seat) approved a ballot measure to build a casino. About two-thirds of voters were in favor of the project.
In late 2021, the Indiana Gaming Commission gave its approval to Churchill Downs, which operates Kentucky’s famed racetrack (home of the Kentucky Derby) and more than a dozen facilities across the country.
The 50-acre project is located at 4442 East Margaret Drive, just off Interstate 70.
According to the Terre Haute newspaper Tribune-Star, the project is expected to cost $260 million and will include 1,000 slot machines, 50 table games and a 10-story hotel, as well as common amenities such as bars, restaurants and a living room.
“It’s real now,” said Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett, according to the Tribune-Star, which referred to the fact that the idea of a casino in town had been mooted for decades. “It’s actually going to happen.”
The Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort is scheduled to open in late 2023.
Other Casino Developments in Indiana
There are no real money online casino games in Indiana.
Two proposals to legalize iGaming in Hoosier State failed at committee stage in 2022. Still, companies are watching Indiana in case it joins the list of six states with online gambling.
For example, PlayUp reached an agreement in April to bring its online gaming products to Indiana when they become available there. Currently, iGaming is legal in West Virginia, Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
The 12 commercial casinos currently operating in Indiana combined for a total gain of $211 million in May, down slightly from April but still the fourth straight month with revenue above $200 million.