Boyd Gaming move forward with plans for a land-based Treasure Chest Casino in Louisiana

Construction of the land-based Treasure Chest Casino may begin this US summer and is expected to open for business in late 2023.
Construction of the land-based Treasure Chest Casino may begin this US summer and is expected to open for business in late 2023.

Boyd Gaming Corporation plans to replace the existing riverboat casino from Kenner with a land-based gaming facility.

US.- Boyd Gaming Corporation unveiled plans for the land-based Treasure Chest Casino yesterday (January 5) in a press release and press conference.

The gaming company plans to replace the existing riverboat casino which is located in Kenner, Louisiana, with a “state-of-the-art, land-based gaming facility”. Construction may begin this US summer and is expected to open for business in late 2023.

In June 2021, the Kenner City Council approved a new lease with the Treasure Chest Casino, which allowed the venue to move to land. The casino is set on a riverboat at the city just west of New Orleans but could now leave the water for a land-based site. The new lease is for 25 years and has five possible 10-year renewals.

According to the company, the single-level facility will feature a 47,000-square-foot casino, several new restaurants and bars, nearly 10,000 square feet of convention and meeting space, a FanDuel-branded sports book and parking directly adjacent to the casino entrance.

Keith Smith, the company’s president and chief executive officer, stated: “With this project, we are proud to reinvest in a community that has been an important part of the Boyd Gaming family for more than 27 years.”

He added: “The all-new Treasure Chest will bring more jobs, more tax revenue and more visitors for the City of Kenner and Jefferson Parish – and it will significantly enhance the Treasure Chest experience, giving our guests a bigger and better gaming entertainment experience than ever before.”

“Treasure Chest has been an invaluable corporate and community partner in Kenner for 27 years,” said Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn.

”Treasure Chest continues to help support our Police Department, City Council districts and our capital projects and debt reduction funds. But more than that, Treasure Chest and Boyd Gaming support our community in many other important ways – both big and small – such as the recent $50,000 donation to the Kenner Food Bank.

“We are thrilled their move on-land will be happening soon and are confident this expansion will bring an exciting future in Kenner, a continued partnership and great success.”

Boyd Gaming‘s Treasure Chest Casino opened in 1994 and is located at Lake Pontchartrain. The floating casino represents a major revenue contributor for the city. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, it contributed $3.6m a year.

See also: Louisiana riverboat casino could move to land

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