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Plainridge Park Casino Groundbreaking Set for Friday

The $225 million project will create 1,500 jobs, according to Penn National.

An rendition of what the Plainridge Park Casino would look like. Photo Credit: Plainridge Park Casino
An rendition of what the Plainridge Park Casino would look like. Photo Credit: Plainridge Park Casino
By Liz Taurasi

Penn National announced this week it will break ground Friday on the $225 million Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MA.

The project will create 1,500 jobs and includes a 106,000-square-foot racing and gaming facility with 1,250 slot machines. There will be a food court, an “upscale-casual” restaurant, and the first-ever Doug Flutie Sports Bar.

Penn National won approval from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission late last month for its planned slots parlor in the Plainridge Racecourse site on Route 1.

Eric Schippers, senior vice president of Government Affairs for Penn National Gaming said in a press release Tuesday morning that the company is thrilled to begin construction of what he calls “this new economic engine for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

Plainridge is expected to create 1,000 jobs during the construction phase, and 500 new permanent jobs once the project is completed.

“We look forward to celebrating this momentous occasion with our employees, members of the community, and local and state leaders who helped make this dream a reality,” Schippers said.

Massachusetts was granted only one slot parlor license which will allow Penn National to provide up to 1,250 slot machines but no gaming tables. Two other properties were also in consideration: Raynham Park (the former dog-racing track in Raynham) and Cordish Cos (a family owned Maryland company) which proposed a slot parlor in Leominster.

At Friday’s ceremony, Penn National is expected to share construction timelines, employment opportunities and upcoming activities.

Last September, Plainridge Racecourse owners reached a deal to sell the track to Penn National conditional on the gaming company getting the approval from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

The project also includes a harness concourse bar, multi-purpose banquet room, entertainment lounge, casino bar, 1,620 parking spaces, a 26,000-square-foot grandstand with box and reserved seats, and a 13,000-square-foot clubhouse with box seats.
Robert Norgard March 11, 2014 at 03:49 PM
With all the novelty wearing off in time when will MA. start seeing all the layoffs as what is happening in Conn. with both of their casinos ?
Milford Senior Man March 11, 2014 at 07:47 PM
Anybody know the name of the contractor doing the work?
Ken B. March 11, 2014 at 09:29 PM
So what happens when the voters boot out the casino law this November ?
BH March 11, 2014 at 11:49 PM
Can't find or get that info anywhere Milford and I'm in the local construction market. I'm sure it was a backroom deal.
Sherlock H. March 12, 2014 at 06:31 AM
Ken B. Yeah, like that will happen, lol.

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