Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approves new casino near Penn State

August 3, 2023
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The $35m casino will take nearly 12 months to finish.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) recently approved SC Gaming OpCo, LLC for a Category 4 slot machine license. The board approved the decision by unanimous vote.

The new license will allow SC Gaming OpCo to build a new casino in College Township, Centre County near Penn State.

The company first applied for the license in September 2020 when local business owner Ira Lubert “secured the right to locate a new casino,” the board said. Lubert won the bid during a same-day Category 4 auction for just over $10m.

The newly approved license allows the casino to operate between 300 and 750 slot machines. The PGCB said “the casino owner could also petition for permission to operate 30 table games for an additional fee of $2.5m.”

The new casino could take up to a year to complete once construction starts, with an estimated cost of $35m. According to SC Gaming, the company has not set a possible opening date.

Once finished, Bally’s Corporation will operate the casino and will offer its guests 30 table games, 750 slot machines, a retail sports wagering site, a live music and events stage, as well as various quick-service food and beverage options.  

In other Bally’s news, the company recently signed a deal with the Oakland A’s to build a new baseball stadium in Nevada.

The venue will sit on the Tropicana Las Vegas site, located on the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip. The completed stadium will be able to seat between 30,000 and 35,000 fans.


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