November 22, 2021 Casino, Land Based, Marketing

Countdown clock starts on opening of Hollywood Casino Morgantown


New property will be Penn National Gaming’s fourth in Pennsylvania.

Penn National Gaming, Inc., on Monday said it expects to open Hollywood Casino Morgantown to the public on Wednesday, December 22, at noon local time, pending final regulatory approvals.

Hollywood Casino Morgantown is located at the intersections of three major roadways: the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76), I-176, and the Morgantown Expressway (Rt. 10).

Penn National said the Morgantown Category 4 casino will represent its fourth facility in Pennsylvania, joining Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Hollywood Casino at the Meadows in Washington, and Hollywood Casino York, which opened in August.

The approximately 80,000-square-foot facility will feature 750 of the latest slot machines and 30 table games, a climate-controlled outdoor gaming terrace, a Barstool Sportsbook, and three dining options.

At the Barstool Sportsbook, patrons will be able to enjoy sports from around the world on the jumbotron above the bar or on numerous high-definition televisions throughout the facility. The book has a 150-seat, full-service restaurant that will offer a selection of food and beverage options, from steaks to classic pub fare, more than a dozen craft and domestic beers, hand-crafted cocktails inspired by classic sports movies and much more.

Betting windows and kiosks for sports and racing will be located throughout the sportsbook, along with interactive games, an outdoor firepit and a Barstool Sportsbook merchandise station.

In addition, the company partnered with Tony Luke’s to bring his restaurant and a taste of South Philly to Morgantown. Tony’s signature cheesesteaks, roast pork Italian sandwiches and many other dishes will be available. With seating for up to 100 at the adjacent Bar 76 on the gaming floor, patrons will be able to grab-and-go and watch the action.

The property also will host the Red Lotus Asian Kitchen, serving patrons authentic, made-to-order Asian cuisine. Red Lotus will feature popular noodle and southeast Asian specialties in a modern designed open-kitchen just off the gaming floor.

According to company officials, the development of Hollywood Casino Morgantown represents an overall investment of approximately $111m, including license fees. Penn National said career opportunities still are available for the approximately 375 new jobs at the facility, including positions in casino operations, food and beverage, security and surveillance, human resources, marketing and more, pending regulatory approval.

“The countdown to our grand opening begins today,” Marc Guastella, vice president and general manager for Hollywood Casino Morgantown, said in a statement. “We are very excited to soon welcome patrons to this beautiful new property, where they will be able to experience premier gaming, dining and entertainment.”

Prior to the grand opening, Penn National will host two invitation-only test days, with gaming proceeds donated to charitable organizations in the area. The participating charities include the United Way of Berks County, Honey Brook Food Pantry and the Jarett Yoder Foundation, which serves community heroes and their families, including active military personnel, veterans, firefighters, first responders and the police.

“We are thrilled to be supporting these incredible organizations in Berks, Chester and Lancaster Counties,” Guastella added. “Penn National is committed to being actively engaged in the community and partnering with worthwhile groups to assist those in need.”

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