Churchill Downs Opens 14th Indiana Casino With New Terre Haute Resort

Posted on April 8, 2024 - Last Updated on April 9, 2024

The Terre Haute Casino Resort has opened its doors in Western Indiana, becoming the 14th brick-and-mortar casino in the Hoosier State.

The new property wrapped up a successful opening weekend after it held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 5. The celebration marked the opening of the resort’s gaming floor, shops and entertainment stages.

Churchill Downs, Inc. owns and operates the venue. Once fully completed, the casino complex will encompass 400,000 square feet.

Casino complex features 5 restaurants and 6 bars

There are now 14 casinos operating in the state, but lawmakers won’t act on Indiana online casino legislation this year. PlayIndiana estimates that an iGaming industry in Indiana could generate nearly $1 billion in annual revenue.

When fully operational, the Terre Haute Casino Resort will feature:

  • 1,000 slot machines
  • Luxury hotel with 122 rooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Five restaurants
  • Six bars
  • Retail sportsbook
  • 36 table games, including poker

Slot machines, gaming tables, and poker tables are all open now for visitors to this city, which is located just 10 miles from Illinois and a two-hour drive from Kentucky. The resort, including the hotel and a planned spa, is expected to be completed on May 15.

At the ribbon-cutting, Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) Chief Executive Officer Bill Carstanjen welcomed in visitors.

“Today’s grand opening of Terre Haute Casino Resort is a time to reflect on the promises Churchill Downs made, kept and delivered for this community.”

This is the 14th state in which CDI entered the gaming industry and their first foray in Indiana. The company owns the famed Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, KY, home of the Kentucky Derby. It also owns a stake in the Rivers Casino, located in Des Plaines, IL, and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City, Iowa.

Terre Haute Mayor Brandon Sakbun said opening the casino doors also opened a new chapter in Terre Haute development.

“This premier gaming facility will make it possible to welcome visitors from across the Midwest, the nation and the world here to Terre Haute. The opportunity this creates for the people of our community is a true testament to the leaders who have worked on this project for years.”

According to CDI, the company created more than 1,000 construction jobs for the project. Now, Terre Haute Casino Resort is accepting applications for several full and part-time jobs.

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