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RICHMOND CASINO RESORT

Richmond, Virginia

Richmond was one of five cities approved by the Virginia legislature as a location for development of a casino resort. Richmond postponed its casino application process until 2021, while the other four cities proceeded in 2020 and received voter approvals in the Nov. 2020 elecltion.

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Richmond Casino Timeline

Richmond is in the process of selecting a casino operator and a location for voters to approve or reject in the November referendum.

Six Casino Proposals - Feb 2021
Six companies submitted proposals to build the Richmond casino prior to the Feb 22 deadline. The applicants include two American Indian tribes, the Pamunkey Tribe which is building the Norfolk casino resort and Alabama's Poarch Band of Creek Indians, which ownd the Wind Creek casinos. The other applicants for the Richmond casino are Bally's Corp, The Cordish Companies, Golden Nugget and Urban One. See the Six Richmond Casino Proposals.

Final Three Casino Proposals - March 2021
After reviewing the six casino proposals received in February, Richmond chose three of the casino proposals to continue with the vetting process. The three final casino proposals under consideration are:

Final Casino Proposal - Pending
When the vetting process is finished, the Richmond City Council will vote on one final recommendation for the Richmond casino license. If approved, the casino plan will be placed beore local voters in November 2021.

Casino Opening Date - Pending
If a casino plan is approved by Richmond voters, construction will likely start in the first half of 2022 and take 18-24 months to complete. A temporary casino may possibly open earlier to bring gambling to Richmond during the construction phase.

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News Headlines

News Richmond casino proposals cut to three candidates April 4, 2021 - After reviewing six casino proposals submitted in February, Richmond has dropped three and kept three to continue in the selection process. The three proposals still in consideration are Bally's, Live! Richmond, ... Read more News Richmond casino bidders include Alabama's Poarch Indians February 25, 2021 - Poarch Band of Creek Indians have joined the fight for the sole casino license in Richmond, VA. The tribe submitted a $541 million proposal to build a casino resort on the city's South Side. ... Read more News Richmond receives four casino applications by dealine February 23, 2021 - Before the deadline closed last night, four applicants had submitted their proposals for building a casino in Richmond, Virginia. Here is the early information regarding the applications. ... Read more News Virginia Lottery Board approves state casino regulations February 13, 2021 - Last week the Virginia State Lottery Board approved its initial set of casino regulations to govern state-approved casino gambling operations. The provisions include slot machine payout percentages ... Read more More Headlines ...

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Richmond Casino Proposals

The following six casino proposals were submitted to Richmond before the Feb 22 deadline. In March three casino proposals were accepted for further vetting and three were dropped.

Three casino proposals were accepted.

Three casino proposals were dropped.


Bally's Corp
BALLY'S RICHMOND CASINO RESORT

The Bally's Richmond Casino Resort proposal is presented in this video from the City of Richmond Department of Economic Development.

Bally's Richmond Casino Resort: Proposed Resort Casino in Richmond, Virginia - Courtesy of City of Richmond Department of Economic Development, Mar 24, 2021. Available from YouTube

Ballys Richmond Casino

Bally's Corporation is a Rhode Island company that owns and manages 12 casinos nationwide.

Casino Location: Chippenham & Powite Pkwy
The proposed site is in South Richmond at the Powhite and Chippenham parkways (northeast corner).

Cost: $650 million including a $100 million advance payment to the City of Richmond.

Size: 1.6 million-square-foot complex with a casino, hotel and event center on 61 acres of land.

Casino Gaming: Gaming will include 2,500 slot machines, 90 table games, a 30-table poker room, a high-limit gaming area and VIP lounge.

Hotel: There will be 250 rooms with a spa, rooftop bar and restaurants.

Entertainment: Bally's announced an event venue, however details are pending.


The Cornish Companies
"LIVE! CASINO & RESORT RICHMOND"

The Live! Casino & Resort Richmond proposal is presented in this video from the City of Richmond Department of Economic Development.

Live! Casino & Hotel : Proposed Resort Casino in Richmond, Virginia - Courtesy of City of Richmond Department of Economic Development, Mar 24, 2021. Available from YouTube

Cordish Richmond Casino

THE CORNISH COMPANIES operates casinos under the Live! brand in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa and Hollywood, Florida. This casino will be named "Live! Casino & Hotel Richmond".

Casino Location: 1301 North Arthur Ashe Blvd
The proposed site is 17 acres of Movieland property at Arthur Ashe Blvd and West Leigh Street in Scott's Addition.

Cost: $600 million

Casino Gaming: The casino will be 250,000 square feet.

Hotel: 300 rooms

Entertainment: Live! Casino & Resort Richmond will have a4,000-seat event center,


Urban One
ONE CASINO & RESORT

The One Casino & Resort proposal is presented in this video from the City of Richmond Department of Economic Development.

One Casino + Resort: proposed Resort Casino, Richmond Virginia - Courtesy of City of Richmond Department of Economic Development, Mar 24, 2021. Available from YouTube

Urban One Casino

URBAN ONE owns radio stations nationwide including Richmond. If awarded the casino license, Urban One would become the only majority Black owner of a casino in the nation. The casino will be named "ONE Casino and Resort".

Urban One is partnering with Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, which will manage the operations. Peninsula Pacific owns Colonial Downs racetrack and Rosie's Gaming emporiums.

Casino Location: 2001 Walmsley Boulevard, Richmond.
The location is Commerce Road and Walmsley Boulevard. This land is currently owned by Philip Morris.

Cost: $517 million

Casino Gaming: Gaming will include 1,800 slot machines and 100 gaming tables on a 90,000-square-foot gaming floor.

Hotel: The hotel will be named Legacy Tower and feature 150 rooms with 4-Star and AAA 4-Diamond ratings.

Entertainment Venue: Rise Theater will be 3,000-seat entertainment center with 200 shows annually produced in partnership with Live Nation.


GOLDEN NUGGET
"Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino" Proposal

Rejected in March 2021 by the City of Richmond Department of Economic Development

Golden Nugget Richmond Casino

GOLDEN NUGGET is a Houston company that owns casinos in Atlantic City, Biloxi, Lake Charles, Las Vegas and Laughlin.

Casino Location: The location will be identified later, however, it will be within miles of downtown and 20 miles from the airiport.

Cost: $400 million, including $70 million in donations going directly to schools and other community organizatioins.

Casino Gaming: The casino floor will be 93,000 square feet with 1,900 slot machines, 92 table games and 8 poker tables.

Hotel: The hotel will offer 140 guest rooms and 37 suites. The pool area will feature cabanas and a lazy river.


PAMUNKEY INDIAN TRIBE
"Richmond Resort & Casino" Proposal

Rejected in March 2021 by the City of Richmond Department of Economic Development

Pamunkey Richmond Casino

THE PAMUNKEY INDIAN TRIBE has ancestral ties to the Richmond area dating back to 8,000 BC. The Pamunkey are building the resort casino in Norfolk. Last year the tribe submitted a plan to build a Richmond Casino in South Richmond, however, local residents oopposed it. This year the Pamunkey submitted a similar plan with a new location.

Casino Location: 5000 & 5050 Commerce Rd
The Pamunkey purchased this 24-acre site in 2019. The land lies beside the I-95 just south of the Bells Road exit.

Cost: $350 million

Casino Gaming: Gaming will include 2,000 slot machines, 75 table games and a sportsbook

Hotel: There will be 300 rooms with multiple dining venues, conference rooms and a rooftop pool.


POARCH BAND OF CREEK INDIANS
"Wind Creek Casino" Proposal

Rejected in March 2021 by the City of Richmond Department of Economic Development

Poarch Indians Richmond Casino

THE POARCH INDIAN TRIBE own and operate Wind Creek Casinos in Alabama, Pennsyvania and the Caribbean.

Casino Location: 1220 & 1260 Ingram Avenue
The location is near the Oak Grove/Manchester areas.

Cost: $541 million

Casino Gaming: A 100,000-square-foot gaming floor will feature 2,500 slot machines and 120 table games.

Hotel: The hotel will have two towers with 252 guest rooms in each tower. There will also be a spa, an indoor pool and a fitness center.

Entertainment: Wind Creek Richmond will have a 67,000-square-foot family entertainment center.


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Richmond casino proposals cut to three candidates

April 4, 2021

After reviewing six casino proposals submitted in February, Richmond has dropped three and kept three to continue in the selection process.

The three proposals still in consideration are:

The three proposals dropped from consideration are:

The mayor's advisory board will recommend one of the remaining three casino operators to the Richmond City Council by late May or June. If accepted by the council, the final decision will be made by Richmond voters in a November referendum.

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Richmond casino bidders include Alabama's Poarch Indians

February 25, 2021

Poarch Band of Creek Indians have joined the fight for the sole casino license in Richmond, VA. The tribe submitted a $541 million proposal to build a casino resort on the city's South Side.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians own Wind Creek Casinos in Alabama, Pennsylvania and the Caribbean. The Richmond casino would be branded Wind Creek Richmond and include a casino, hotel and family entertainment center.

The proposed casino is 100,000 square feet with 2,500 slot machines and 120 table games. The hotel has two towers with 252 guest rooms each plus a spa, indoor pool and fitness center. There will also be a family entertainment center.

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Richmond receives four casino applications by deadline

February 23, 2021

Before the deadline closed last night, four applicants had submitted their proposals for building a casino in Richmond, Virginia. Here is the early information regarding the applications. More details are expected in the next week.

Inside the different plans to build casinos in Richmond - Courtesy of WTVR CBS 6, Feb 23, 2021. Available from YouTube

The next step is for an evaluation panel to review the applications and make recommendations. The Richmond City Council will review the recommendations and vote to accept one plan. The process will then move to a local referendum in November, where Richmond residents will approve or reject the casino plan. If voters approve, the casino will take 18-24 months to build.

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Richmond casino will be selected from three proposals

December 29, 2020

Voters in Richmond, Virginia will decide in a Nov 2021 election whether to approve or reject a casino for their city. The casino proposed on the ballot will be selected by the Richmond City Council from multiple applications submitted by casino development groups.

Three groups have announced interested in building the Richmond casino:

  • Pamunkey Indian Tribe
    The Pamunkey Tribe proposed a $350 million casino in South Richmond last year. The tribe is building a $500 million casino resort in Norfolk.

  • Revolutionary Racing
    This Chicago-based company owns and operates Rosie's Gaming Emporiums and the Colonial Downs Racetrack.

  • Urban One Inc
    This is a Maryland company with the mission "to be the most trusted source in the African-American community that informs, entertains, and inspires."

In February the Richmond City Council will review the proposals submitted by each of the three parties, and a final winner will be chosen for the ballot initiative.

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Richmond casino timeline through 2023

December 7, 2020

Richmond is starting the year-long process to select a casino applicant and location for development of a casino resort within its city. Richmond was one of five cities authorized by the Virginia General Assembly to build a resort casino. Voters in four of those cities - Bristol, Danville, Norfolk and Portsmouth - approved plans local casino plans last month.

This week Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced the general timeline for the project from starting now until a voter referendum next year.

December 2020
A public survey began Dec. 1 seeking public comments and inputs regarding a potential casino resort in Richmond. The survey will close Dec. 14 and the results will be included in a Request for Proposal (RFP) document for interested applicants.

February 2021
The application process will open in late December and continue until February 2021.

Summer 2021
An applicant will be selected as the casino operator, and the casino site will be determined in the development proposal.

November 2, 2021
Richmond voters will approve or disapprove a referendum for the casino resort.

2023
If the referendum passes, the casino will take 18-24 months to build. The opening will be likely be in 2023. It could open as early as the end of 2022.

Earlier this year the Pamunkey Tribe proposed building a $350M casino and hotel in Richmond. Since then the tribe has won the approval to build a casino resort in Norfolk, See Pamunkey proposal.

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Pamunkey Indian Tribe proposes $350M Richmond casino resort

January 23, 2020

Proposed Richmond Casino

Rendering of the planned Richmond casino resort provided by Pamunkey Indian Tribe.

The Pamunkey Indian Tribe announced plans yesterday for a $350 million casino resort in South Richmond. The tribe will seek gaming authorization from the U.S. Department of Interior to build the casino under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) rather than seek a commercial license from Virginia under pending legislation.

The Richmond casino proposal is the second for the Pamunkey Indian Tribe. The announcement follows 5 days after signing a land agreement with the City of Norfolk to build a $700 million commercial casino resort on the banks of the Elizabeth River.

The proposed casino site is 36 acres in South Richmond that are located on Ingram Avenue at Commerce Road with primary access from Interstate 95 at Maury Street.

Chief of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, Robert Gray, made this statement:

"We are very excited about our plans to bring a great resort and casino to Richmond. Not only does this help fulfill the government's intent to use gaming to help us secure our future, but it will also be a great economic boost for the city of Richmond and its citizens."

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News Headlines Continued

News Richmond casino will be selected from three proposals December 29, 2020 - Voters in Richmond, Virginia will decide in a Nov 2021 election whether to approve or reject a casino for their city. The casino proposed on the ballot will be selected by the Richmond City Council ... Read more News Richmond casino timeline through 2023 December 7, 2020 - Richmond is starting the year-long process to select a casino applicant for development of a casino resort within its city. Richmond was one of five cities authorized by the Virginia General Assembly to build a casino ... Read more News Pamunkey Indian Tribe proposes $350M Richmond casino resort January 23, 2020 - The Pamunkey tribe have announced plans to build a $350 million Indian gaming casino in South Richmond. The project includes a 275-room hotel, spa, pool and fitness center ... Read more

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