Catawba Casino in North Carolina: what you need to know
The Catawba Indian Nation’s North Carolina casino project is slated to open Thursday with a “pre-launch” facility about 35 miles west of Charlotte.
“This is the beginning, just the beginning,” Chuck Kilroy of the Delaware North casino project consultant told the Charlotte Observer on a media tour last week.
Here’s what visitors should know before leaving:
What is opening up at Kings Mountain?
A one-story gaming facility owned and operated by the Catawba Indian Nation, based in Rock Hill, 538 Kings Mountain Blvd., off of Interstate 85. The facility opens to players Thursday, July 1 at noon and will remain open 24 hours a day. 7.
Only adults 21 years of age and older will be permitted entry, and smoking will be permitted only in designated areas outside.
Why are the Catawba opening a casino in North Carolina and not in SC?
Gambling is illegal in Palmetto State, with the exception of bingo, raffles, and the state lottery.
What is available now and how soon will the site be adding games?
The new facility includes 500 slot machines from seven manufacturers, a snack bar and service bar, as well as food trucks and outdoor seating.
The “Buffalo” and “Wheel of Fortune” machines will be the most popular offerings, based on their use at other casinos across the country, according to Chuck Kilroy of the Delaware North casino project consultant.
Work on a larger “temporary” casino building is expected to begin by the end of the year and last for about a year on already cleared land near the “pre-launch” facility which opened on Thursday. casino officials said.
This building will house around 1,300 slot machines, as well as table games, a restaurant and a bar.
The temporary casino building will be the first part of the planned $ 273 million Two Kings Casino Resort.
When will the big casino open?
No construction schedule is set, officials from the Delaware North project consultant said.
How can I get there?
From Charlotte, take Interstate 85 South approximately 35 miles to Exit 5. The casino is just off the exit on the left. The parking lot has 649 spaces, according to Delaware North officials.
Where are the other casinos in North Carolina?
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has operated casinos in North Carolina since 1997 – the only other state-licensed casinos, both located in the mountains of North Carolina.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino operates west of Asheville, near Maggie Valley, approximately three hours west of Charlotte. Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino is a four-hour drive from Charlotte, near Georgia and Tennessee.
In March, Harrah’s opened The Book, North Carolina’s premier legal sports betting site. Bettors at casinos can bet on all types of business and academic events.