Opposition to Caesars Times Square casino builds via local coalition

April 17, 2023
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The Broadway League has raised concerns regarding the fate of local businesses if a casino opens in Times Square.

A coalition has been formed by the Broadway League to oppose a proposed Times Square casino, according to a local report from the Hollywood Reporter. The No Times Square Casino coalition is comprised of area restaurants and other organizations like Times Square Church and the Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Association.

The group has come together to protest a casino project called Caesars Times Square. The destination would offer guests 950 hotel rooms and a live sportsbook, as well as slots and table games. Caesars Times Square would occupy space within the existing 1515 Broadway building, according to the local report.

The motivation behind the coalition’s effort to stand against the new casino stems from concerns that include a potential lack of business for local venues. The coalition has voiced concern that “visitors to the casino would largely be incentivized to stay within, rather than dine or patronize other venues, more gamblers coming into the area and concerns about the staying power of the operation.” 

Broadway League President, Charlotte St. Martin, told the Hollywood Reporter: “After a decades-long turnaround that revitalized the neighborhood and turned it into a pre-eminent destination for locals, businesses and tourists, Times Square is one of the most vibrant areas in the country.

“We don’t want to see that progress jeopardized by a casino. We hope to be joined by more members of the community as the casino siting process moves forward.”

Several properties are currently bidding for permits to build a downstate New York casino. The proposed Caesars Times Square has several supporters, despite rising opposition. Local hotel chains, as well as the Actors’ Equity Association and Local 802 say they are in favor of the project.

Caesars Times Square advocates say they believe patrons will continue to dine at local restaurants prior to and after their casino visit.

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