Caesars Danville Casino
The official grand opening of Caesars Danville Casino may be a little over a year away, but a temporary casino has opened. The full property is set to open in late-2024.
Danville qualified as a host casino city. Then, voters used Election Day 2020 to bring a casino to Danville. Caesars Danville Casino should draw plenty of excitement for the inland city nestled just north of the North Carolina border.
After a Virginia casino referendum passed by a comfortable 61-39 margin, the Danville City Council and its preferred casino partner, Caesars Entertainment, moved forward on the project.
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Plans for Caesars Danville Casino
Caesars Danville Casino, a $500 million hotel and resort, will be built on an 85-acre site formerly known as the Dan River Mills industrial complex in Schoolfield.
According to Caesars officials, the resort will feature, among other attractions:
- 500-room hotel with room to expand to 1,500 total rooms in the future
- Casino, Caesars VA sportsbook and poker room
- 35,000-square-foot conference center
- 2,500-seat live entertainment venue
- Spa, pool and fitness center
- Multiple restaurants, bars and retail shops
The site sits along the banks of the Dan River on West Main Street in the central part of the city. It’s currently recognized as a national historic district. However, the complex, which was once the largest textile facility in the South, has been mostly vacant since 2006.
Caesars officials plan to design the resort with aesthetics from the once-thriving Dan Rivers Mill, including its smokestacks, red bricks and overall industrial design.
Newest updates on the Danville casino
May 31, 2023: Caesars Danville Casino makes nearly $12 million in May despite opening mid-month.
May 15, 2023: Caesars Danville Casino opens a temporary casino.
Aug. 11, 2022: Danville and Caesars officials hold a groundbreaking ceremony as the project moves forward.
Aug. 23, 2021: Caesars officials reveal that the project budget has increased from $400 million to $500 million.
Nov. 3, 2020: Danville residents overwhelmingly vote in favor of a casino referendum and formally approve the Caesars Danville Casino project.
Sept. 2, 2020: The Danville City Council formally approves and unanimously votes to support the casino development agreement with Caesars Entertainment.
Aug. 12, 2020: Caesars Entertainment announces “Caesars For Danville,” a formal referendum campaign and committee to bring casino gambling to the city. Co-chairs include Danville Mayor Alonzo Jones, Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville), Averett University President Tiffany Franks, and project investor Tammy Wright-Warren.
June 2, 2020: The Danville City Council voted unanimously to name Caesars Entertainment as its preferred casino partner. The vote also included the recommendation to notify the Virginia Lottery of the city’s choice.
May 18, 2020: The City of Danville made the official announcement that they are in negotiations with Caesars Entertainment, chosen from a number of outstanding bids, with regards to opening a casino resort for the city.
Jan. 13, 2020: A deadline is set for Request for Proposals (RFP) to become the city’s preferred casino partner.
Dec 2, 2019: The city issues a formal RFP to companies interested in operating a casino in Danville.
Timeline for the Caesars Virginia project
July 2020: Danville officials can apply for its casino operator license
Nov. 3: General election
Early December: Danville casino election results certified by the Secretary of State
August 2022: Officials break ground on Caesars Virginia
Mid-year 2023: The temporary Caesars casino opens
Second half of 2024: The full Caesars Danville Casino facility opens to the public
Benefits of a Caesars, Danville partnership
The positive implications for the City of Danville are significant.
The initial capital investment for the site would be $650 million. Initially, 900 construction jobs would be created while developing the former textile mill complex. Once opened, the operation of the casino resort would generate 1,300 permanent positions.
This resort has the potential to revitalize and reinvigorate the City of Danville, its economy, as well as the stability and progress of the community.
The City Council stated that the average salary from these jobs would range from $35,000 to $47,000 annually.
The city stands to benefit from $20 million in annual revenue from gaming taxes and various gaming-related revenue.
Furthermore, an additional $4 million would be generated by annual taxes from commodities such as:
- Hotel taxes
- Real estate
- Food and beverage
The leaders of the City of Danville have stated that they will use the annual revenues from the resort for a number of crucial investments that will encourage further growth and opportunities in the community.
Caesars Casino Resort Danville FAQs
Danville voters formally approved the Caesars Danville Casino referendum on Nov. 3, 2020.
Caesars Danville Casino broke ground in August 2022, and the resort is expected to open to the public in full in the second half of 2024. A temporary casino, however, is currently open.
Current plans call for a world-class gaming floor with 1,300 slots and 24 electronic table games.
Guests also will find 85 live table games and a WSOP poker room.
Yes. Caesars officials plan to open a sportsbook on the property upon its opening.