Bally’s Twin River Casino continues to be busy during the pandemic. Twin River Casino UTGR Inc. officials discussed plans to expand its Lincoln facility with the Lincoln Planning Board’s Technical Review Committee. Twin River Hotel Casino Is Expanding.
What Does the Twin River Hotel Casino Expanding Include?
Management has proposed two additions to the flagship property. The first is to add to the gaming floor. The second is to expand the space put aside for a spa. Finally, the new hotel will offer a spa. Also, Twin would add a small food court to the new gaming area.
Twin River and IGT announced plans to expand the Lincoln campus in January. The project includes investments by both IGT and Twin River Casino.
Smoking Or Non-Smoking? – That Is the Question
Twin River CEO Marc Crisafulli said they plan to “dramatically change the casino’s smoking/nonsmoking profile” with a hardline divider. In addition, staff will move the current gaming space on the second floor down to the first-floor expansion. This could mean a much nicer poker room downstairs.
Twin River plans a bowling alley, mini-golf course, or other amenities 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!” 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 existing 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. To be considered more as a destination, the “little casino that could” needs some upgrading. Including entertainment might help attract potential guests.
Rhode Island state legislators recently recanted on the promise to reimburse the town of Tiverton. Due to the pandemic, Twin River Casino failed to pay at least $3.1 million in local taxes. The town of Tiverton lost out on taxes due to them from Tiverton Casino because. 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 the relationship with Twin River Casino. While visitation is down and no COVID-19 vaccine shortly, this might be the perfect time to build and redesign.
Available space is an advantage during the pandemic for the Connecticut Tribal casinos. So maybe time and space are what Twin River Hotel and Casino need. It might just raise the property to the flagship resort that management, Twin River Worldwide Holdings, now known as Bally’s, is looking for.