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Cascades Casino aims for early summer opening

'I think it will prove to be a very popular location, for not only gamers but families as well'

The foundation is in place and now workers at the new Cascades Casino on Pinewood Park Drive will be starting to get the building erected before winter hits the area.

Rob Mitchell, Director, Communications & Public Affairs, says everything is going well so far, but weather will play a role in the opening date.

"If it's a bad winter it could slow things down but we will try to get as much enclosed space as possible before the winter weather really sets in. I understand the steel and rebar is being delivered next Wednesday "

Mitchell told BayToday that the opening is still planned for late spring or early summer next year.

See: North Bay's 'Cascades Casino' to open in spring of 2020

"We hope to hold to that but we've had some unusual weather lately," 

Mitchell expects North Bay visitors will be impressed with what they see.

"The food and entertainment and sports bar are all separate from the gaming floor so there's no prohibition for families, you don't need to be 19 years old to enter the site and enjoy the amenities. That's really the first thing that strikes you walk into the casino is the expansive foyer and the Buffet and the Match Eatery and the three-season patio.

"They'll push it right to the extreme when the snow comes because it's all enclosed and heated, yet outdoors, so it's very impressive. I think it will prove to be a very popular location, for not only gamers but families as well."

Branded as "Cascades Casino" the facility will contain approximately 14,100 square feet of gaming space, including 300 slot machines and 10 table games.

The 37,000 square foot building is located on a seven-acre parcel of land in the city's south end.

Gateway plans capital expenditures of $31.3 million to get the building up and running.

Jeff Turl

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