Caesars Spending $34 Million To Expand Harrah’s Hoosier Park

Posted on November 8, 2021

Caesars Entertainment is investing $34 million to expand Harrah’s Hoosier Park.

The company plans to break ground on the expansion in April 2022. The project will wrap up during summer 2023 if everything goes according to plan.

New slot machines at Hoosier Park

Hoosier Park is one of the two casinos near Indianapolis, so it holds a special significance for Caesars.

A zoning board in Anderson, Indiana approved Hoosier Park’s expansion last week. The project will add 38,000 square feet to the property.

The $34 million plan will expand gaming at the facility by adding 100 new slot machines and 25 tables games.

The project is also adding a new restaurant and a bar space with the goal of making the casino a more appealing entertainment option in Anderson.

Hoosier Park wants to be an all-in-one option for a night out with restaurants, bars and gambling all under one roof.

However, the property could really use a hotel if it’s going to make that a reality. There are hotel options nearby Hoosier Park already, but Caesars doesn’t own them, and they aren’t on the casino’s grounds.

There aren’t any plans to add a hotel at the moment, but the idea isn’t completely off the table. Caesars has tried to put a hotel deal together in the past, and those talks may continue in the future.

Indiana Grand Casino expansion

Caesars also has a pair of expansions underway at Indiana Grand Casino.

The first expansion, much like Hoosier Park’s, will be adding 100 slot machines and 25 new table games to the casino. Caesars is hoping to finish that construction before the end of the year.

Horse racing is the focus of Indiana Grand’s second expansion. That project is beefing up the barn and dorm facilities at the racetrack.

Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park are the only two horse racing casinos in the state.

Ceasars is all-in on Indiana gambling, so a horse racing expansion might be coming to Hoosier Park at some point in the future. That would be great news for gamblers that like to bet on horse racing.

The combined $73 million for these projects shows that Caesars is taking its Indiana properties seriously. The company’s open wallet could extend up into the northern part of the state as well.

Caesars recently received the green light to keep Horseshoe Hammond in its Indiana portfolio.

Judging by the way that things are going near Indianapolis, upgrading Hammond could become the next priority for the company. That would help the riverboat compete with other casinos in the Chicago area.

Regardless of which upgrades are happening where, Caesars has shown that it’s willing to take out the checkbook for its Indiana properties.

At the very least, the new upgrades coming to Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand should keep the casinos in great condition for years to come.

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Jake Garza is a US Gambling Industry Analyst for Catena Media. He specializes in Midwest sports betting and casino content. Prior to covering the legal gambling industry, he spent time as a professional sports writer, reporting on teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. Garza is currently working as a Managing Editor for PlayIndiana and PlayOhio, with previous stops at other well-known brands such as PlayIllinois and PlayMichigan. He has been covering the gambling industry since 2019, and currently works with a team of other journalists to provide comprehensive coverage of the legal U.S. gambling industry.

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