Hard Rock Ottawa cements expansion plans

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Details of Hard Rock’s Rideau Carleton Raceway sweeping modernisation plans have been revealed, reaffirming the fertile nature of the Ontario gaming market.

 

Expansion at the gambling facility is expected to total $318m over a six-year period and is designed to recapture $60m in gaming dollars per year that at present leave the Ottawa area for Casino Lac Leamy in Gatineau.

The first phase of construction is expected to start this year and will include an initial $44m revamp of the existing casino facilities, with further work commencing between 2018 and 2023 to add an additional 150,800 square to the gaming floor and bring table and slot holdings to 55 and 2,000 respectively.

There have been claims from councillors that the expanded holding was in breach of a 2013 limitation commitment by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming corp, but the body was quick to point out that this was dropped in September of last year, as noticed by those that were actually paying attention.


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