Churchill Downs has been cleared to continue with the development of its Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort, a destination gaming facility in Vigo County, Indiana, following the dropping of a lawsuit challenging the award of the licence by Full House Resorts.
Churchill Downs said: “Churchill Downs Incorporated remains excited to move forward with our plan to develop the Queen of Terre Haute. We are committed to ongoing collaboration with officials in Vigo County and the Indiana Gaming Commission to deliver a valuable regional asset and a true destination casino resort for a community that has waited long enough.”
The Indiana Gaming Commission said: “We are pleased that Full House has dismissed these actions and that Vigo County and the greater community of West Central Indiana will soon benefit from this significant economic development project.”
The Queen of Terre Haute will feature up to 1,000 slot machines, 50 table games, a 125-room luxury hotel, a state-of-the-art TwinSpires sportsbook and several food & beverage offerings. From its name (inspired by Terre Haute’s nickname as the “Queen City of the Wabash Valley”) to concepts and design features across the facility, the Queen of Terre Haute will reflect the unique heritage of Vigo County and the surrounding region.
An economic impact study conducted by economists at Purdue University estimates that the Queen of Terre Haute will generate $190 million in annual regional economic impact, including 1,000 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs. According to the study, the project is expected to deliver a two per cent annual increase in the West Central Indiana gross regional product.