Twin River Casino continues to be busy during the pandemic. Officials from Twin River Casino UTGR Inc. discussed plans to expand its Lincoln facility with the Lincoln Planning Board’s Technical Review Committee. Is Twin River Hotel Casino expanding a timely project?
What Does the Twin River Hotel Casino Expanding Include?
Two additions are being proposed. The first is to add to the gaming floor. The second is to expand space put aside for a spa. Finally, the new hotel will offer a spa. In addition, a small food court would be added to the new gaming area.
In January, Twin River and IGT announced these plans for expanding the Lincoln campus. The project includes investments by both IGT and Twin River Casino.
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Smoking Or Non-Smoking? – That Is the Question
Twin River CEO Marc Crisafulli said they plan to “dramatically change the smoking/nonsmoking profile” of the casino with a hardline divider. Current gaming space on the second floor will be moved down to the first-floor expansion. This could mean a much nicer poker room downstairs.
A bowling alley, mini golf course or other amenities are in the plan for the non-gaming 2nd floor.
Hotel Entrance Getting Major Upgrade
Getting to the hotel lobby from self-parking is quite an adventure. It’s like the old Maine expression, “Can’t get there from here!” The addition of a new direct entrance into the hotel area is now part of the architectural plans (see above). Twin River Hotel and Casino will include a valet parking area and a dedicated entrance for hotel guests. A 10,000-square-foot addition built onto the hotel’s exiting 4,000-square-foot spa space will add a needed “resort” amenity.
Local opinion for an event center attached to Tiverton Hotel Casino has begun. The “little casino that could” might need an upgrade to be considered more as a destination. Including entertainment might help attract potential guests.
Rhode Island state legislators recently recanted on the promise to reimburse the town of Tiverton. Twin River Casino failed to pay at least $3.1 million in local taxes due to the pandemic. The town of Tiverton lost out on taxes due to them from Tiverton Casino because of it. But would an event center bring in more guests to stay, play and enjoy its entertainment? More guests = more town tax revenue. Casino taxes represent the third highest revenue source for Rhode Island.
Twin River Expanding Again – Is This The Best Time?
The expansion is moving on to a public informational hearing in September. The Town of Lincoln is pleased with their relationship with Twin River Casino. While visitation is down, and no COVID-19 vaccine in the near future, this might be the perfect time to build and redesign.
Space has seen to be an advantage during the pandemic for the Connecticut Tribal casinos. Maybe time and space is what Twin River Hotel and Casino needs. It might just raise the property to the flagship resort that management, Twin River Worldwide Holdings is looking for.