$164 Million Expansion at SugarHouse Casino
May 09, 2016
SugarHouse Casino officially celebrated its completed expansion with a special
appreciation ceremony and ribbon cutting today, Monday, May 9. The ceremony
included remarks from casino leadership and public officials, as well as tours
of the new amenities.
The ribbon cutting showcased the casino’s new attractions, including the
SugarHouse Marketplace (featuring Philadelphia brands Saxbys Coffee,
Tacconelli’s Pizzeria, Geno’s Steaks and a brand-new local concept, Revolution
Grill), Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House, the multipurpose Event Center and the
first-ever Poker Night in America Poker Room.
“We are excited to wrap up our much anticipated expansion and welcome guests to
the bigger, better SugarHouse,” said General Manager Wendy Hamilton. “From
world-class entertainment and dining to expanded gaming, SugarHouse is one of
Philly’s premiere destinations for a night on the town or to hold a group
On July 22, 2014, SugarHouse broke ground and began construction on the $164
million expansion to the casino. The expansion, designed by Cope Linder
Architects of Philadelphia, increases SugarHouse’s 108,000-square-foot facility
to approximately 260,000 square feet, not including the new seven-story parking
garage of roughly 600,000 square feet. The larger gaming areas offer 44
additional table games, 289 new slots and a 28-table poker room. The expansion
also brings in new non-gaming amenities, including additional restaurants and
The Event Center.
About 500 new, full-time jobs have opened up at SugarHouse as a result of the
expansion, bringing the current total to approximately 1,700 Team Members.
SugarHouse has been voted a “Best Place to Work” and “Top Workplace” by its Team
Members every year since opening, without exception.
The legendary steakhouse icon Gibsons Restaurant Group has opened its first and
only Philadelphia restaurant, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House, right inside
SugarHouse Casino. This will be Gibsons’ 13th location, and it’s the only
restaurant group in the country to have its own USDA Prime Angus beef
certification, which Hugo’s serves at SugarHouse.
Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House is located in the northwest corner of the first
floor of SugarHouse’s expanded property. The combined seating in the bar and
dining rooms accommodates more than 300 guests. The restaurant also features a
riverfront patio for outdoor dining. Stylistically, Hugo’s marries a classic
steakhouse with contemporary design and seamlessly blends upscale and casual.
As part of its extensive menu, Hugo’s is serving USDA Gibsons Prime Angus Beef,
which is aged for 50 days and cooked in an 1,800-degree infrared broiler. This
gives the steak a thin, charred crust to help seal in the natural juices. The
“Philly Cut” is a 12-ounce rib eye cap, topped with smoked provolone, crispy
shallots and fried herbs. This steak is served only at Hugo’s SugarHouse
Gibsons Restaurant Group is also the exclusive caterer for the brand-new
SugarHouse Casino Event Center, which boasts customizable menus that feature
iconic cuts of USDA Gibsons Prime Angus Beef and a pristine selection of fine
The Event Center boasts a 30,000 square-foot multipurpose space, now available
for booking. Located on the second floor of the casino, the facility is
tailor-made for corporate events, wedding receptions, black-tie galas, major
performances and more. It features floor-to-ceiling windows and beautiful
panoramic views of the riverfront and the Ben Franklin Bridge. Minutes from
Center City, the SugarHouse Casino Event Center can accommodate small and large
groups of more than 1,000 guests for standing room only, or up to 800 people for
banquet seating, and is accessible for all ages.
Since opening, The Event Center has hosted the Philadelphia Business Journal’s
annual Book of Lists Celebration, as well as performances from renowned country
singer LeAnn Rimes and world-acclaimed comedian Trevor Noah. Both Rimes and Noah
performed sold-out shows to kick off The Event Center’s entertainment schedule.
The upsized SugarHouse Casino includes a more than 6,000 square-foot dedicated
poker space, named the Poker Night in America Poker Room. The state-of-the-art
Poker Room features 28 tables and 252 seats. The Poker Night in America Poker
Room is the first of its kind, becoming a home base for the popular CBS Sports
TV program. SugarHouse welcomed Poker Night in America in April to record an
installment of the show with some of the most famous names in poker, including
Joe McKeehan and Matt Glantz.
The newly expanded gaming space brings in 44 additional table games and 289 new
slots, a 20 percent increase from SugarHouse’s previous gaming offerings. The
new High Limit Lounge offers a private atmosphere, while still being a part of
the casino action. Guests will enjoy high limit gaming, concierge service,
private parking and more.
The complimentary parking garage offers 1,500 new spaces for guests to park,
with direct elevator access to the casino floor. Through a partnership with the
City of Philadelphia’s Public Art Program, an urban light sculpture was
installed on the façade of the garage facing Delaware Avenue. Designed by East
Falls, Pennsylvania-based artist Lyn Godley, the beautiful, colorful display
spans 290 feet wide and 60 feet high. The artwork is composed of a series of
light boxes and façade lighting that change colors during the day and throughout
the night to reflect similar patterns in the flow of the Delaware River.
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