The Rivers Casino Portsmouth celebrates a construction milestone with a closing ceremony on May 10

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia, May 10, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rivers Casino Portsmouth today announced the completion of the steel frame of the new gaming and entertainment complex on Victory Boulevard, which will open in early 2023.

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Rivers Casino Portsmouth celebrated a construction milestone with a closing ceremony on May 10, 2022. (Photo: Business Wire)

At a closing ceremony this morning, a yellow Rivers steel beam – signed by Ballard-Yates construction crews, Rivers Casino Portsmouth management and local officials – was lifted to festive music and hoisted in place. The beam marks a milestone in the construction of the property since its inauguration in December 2021.

“We started moving earth and preparing the ground less than a year ago, and we’re making great progress,” said Justin Ballard, SB Ballard Construction Company. “Despite the supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic, we are still on track to complete this project in early 2023.”

The brief beam-raising ceremony featured remarks from Senator L. Louise Lucas; Mayor Shannon Glover (Portsmouth); Roy Corby, Managing Director, Rivers Casino Portsmouth; and Justin Ballard, SB Ballard Construction Company (Ballard-Yates).

Once the ceremonial beam was fixed, Rush Street Gaming, the developer and operator of Rivers Casino Portsmouth, hosted an appreciation lunch for the entire construction team.

“Ballard-Yates shares our commitment to the high quality construction and rapid delivery of Portsmouth’s state-of-the-art casino, and we thank the entire construction team for their hard work and partnership as we move steadily towards opening,” said Roy Corby, Managing Director, Rivers Casino Portsmouth.

The over $300 million project will include a casino, BetRivers Sportsbook, premier restaurants, live entertainment lounge, hotel and event center; and will bring 1,300 new permanent jobs and approximately 1,400 construction jobs to the region.

Rivers Casino Portsmouth recently announced a series of five career fairs, one per month over the next five months, starting May 12 at the Portsmouth campus of Tidewater Community College. The first career fair will focus on table games and dealer school training. For more information on all upcoming career fairs, visit

About Rivers Casino Portsmouth

Rivers Casino Portsmouth is a world-class destination – a local investment of over $300 million – currently being built along Victory Boulevard as part of Portsmouth’s new entertainment district. The complex will include a casino, sports betting site, hotel, event and conference venues, top-notch restaurants and more. Rivers Casino will be developed and operated by Rush Street Gaming, one of the fastest growing casino and entertainment companies in the country. For more information on Rivers Casino Portsmouth, please visit

About Construction Ballard-Yates

Ballard-Yates is a joint venture between local company, SB Ballard Construction Company and national contractor Yates Construction.

Founded in 1978, SB Ballard Construction began as a concrete contractor completing residential and commercial concrete projects. The family business quickly grew to become one of the largest concrete contractors in the country. Based in Virginia Beach, SB Ballard is now one of the largest construction companies in the Commonwealth.

Ranked among the best commercial and industrial construction companies in the country by News-Record Engineering, Yates Construction is a family business and offers a wide range of construction and construction services. Incorporated in 1964 by William G. Yates Jr., the company has become one of the nation’s leading commercial and industrial construction companies.

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Media contacts:
Kelli Webb
For Rivers Casino Portsmouth
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Jack Horner
For Rush Street Gaming
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