Terre Haute Casino Project Could Be Moving To The City’s East Side

Churchill Downs is attempting to relocate its new Indiana casino to another area in Terre Haute. This potential site alteration may represent the first significant progress towards commencing construction on the project.

The “Queen of Terre Haute” casino is set to open for business in 2023, provided everything goes as planned.

Terre Haute’s Queen relocates.

The final new casino in Indiana will be the Queen of Terre Haute.

In November, Churchill Downs secured the rights to the project, and the company is now considering altering its initial plans for the property.

Initially, Churchill had plans to build the structure on a 21-acre undeveloped land situated near the Haute City Shopping Mall.

The original proposal for the casino is being expanded in the new plans.

Churchill is considering relocating to a 50-acre plot of land near Interstate 70 and State Road 46. This could potentially provide visiting gamblers with easier access to the casino.

The additional space would allow Queen of Terre Haute to expand. With the new location being over double the size of the original, Churchill would have more opportunities for future growth.

Naturally, the rezoning proposal still needs local approval in Vigo County. Additionally, the Indiana Gaming Commission must also sanction the change.

The long-delayed casino project could start as soon as next month if the approvals are granted.

Impact of Casino on Vigo County’s Economy

Churchill’s first venture into the Indiana casino scene is Terre Haute.

The company, which already runs its online sportsbook TwinSpires in the Hoosier State, is now transitioning into the land-based game.

Ultimately, Queen of Terre Haute will significantly influence Vigo County.

Primarily, the casino will generate 500 permanent job opportunities for local workers. Furthermore, Churchill will require over 1,000 temporary workers for construction.

A study from Purdue University anticipates that the property will produce roughly $200 million in yearly regional economic impact. This could result in a 2% rise in the area’s annual gross regional product.

Essentially, all of that means more money for Terre Haute and Vigo County.

The 1,000 slot machines and 50 table games at Queen of Terre Haute are expected to draw gamblers from throughout Indiana.

While local gamblers in Terre Haute are important, the key to the casino reaching its financial goals will be filling the resort on the property and attracting visitors.

Naturally, none of this is relevant until local officials approve the casino’s relocation across town. If Churchill’s rezoning is approved shortly, they will promptly initiate the process.

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Jake Garza is a Gambling Industry Analyst for Catena Media in the US. His specialty lies in Midwest sports betting and casino content. Before delving into legal gambling industry coverage, he worked as a professional sports writer reporting on teams including the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, and Indiana Pacers. Garza presently serves as a Managing Editor for Play Indiana and PlayOhio, having previously worked with renowned brands like PlayIllinois and PlayMichigan. Since 2019, he has been providing extensive coverage of the gambling industry, working alongside a team of journalists to deliver a thorough analysis of the legal U.S. gambling sector.

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