Caesars Entertainment has broken ground on the construction of its Caesars Virginia full-service entertainment facility in Danville.
Taking part in the official groundbreaking event were Caesars executives Robert Livingston, Senior Vice President of Development, and Barron Fuller, Regional President, Principal Chief Richard Sneed, and Scott Barber, CEO of EBCI Holdings, of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI).
State and local dignitaries also took part in the event including Danville Mayor Alonzo Jones, Virginia State Delegate Danny Marshall, Kelly Gee, Executive Director of Virginia Lottery, and Rita McClenny, President and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corp.
“We are incredibly excited to mark this next step in Caesars Virginia’s development with the support and enthusiasm of the Danville community and surrounding region,” commented Barron Fuller, Regional President with Caesars Entertainment.
“The people of Danville entrusted us to build a world-class resort for visitors from around the country to enjoy, and that is exactly what we intend to do.”
Costing $650m, Caesars Virginia is a joint-venture between EBCI and a local minority investor that will include a 500-room hotel and a casino gaming floor featuring over 1,300 slots, 85 live table games, 24 electronic table games, a WSOP poker room, and a Caesars Sportsbook.
Expected to open in late 2024, the resort will also have a full-service spa, pool, bars and restaurants, a 2,500-seat live entertainment theater, and 40,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.
Richard Sneed, Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, added: “With construction now officially underway, we are excited to be one step closer to welcoming guests to a premier resort for fun and entertainment in the Danville area.
“We are grateful for all of the support we have received from local citizens and leaders for this venture that will create new jobs and provide economic growth across the region. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the City of Danville.“