SugarHouse Casino officially celebrated its completed expansion with a special appreciation ceremony and ribbon cutting on May 9.
The ribbon cutting showcased the casino’s new attractions, including the SugarHouse Marketplace, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House, the multipurpose Event Center and the first-ever Poker Night in America Poker Room.
“We are excited to wrap up our much anticipated expansion and welcome guests to the bigger, better SugarHouse,” said General Manager Wendy Hamilton. “From world-class entertainment and dining to expanded gaming, SugarHouse is one of Philly’s premiere destinations for a night on the town or to hold a group event.”
On July 22, 2014, SugarHouse broke ground and began construction on the $164m expansion to the casino. The expansion, designed by Cope Linder Architects of Philadelphia, increases SugarHouse’s 108,000-square-foot facility to approximately 260,000 square feet, not including the new seven-story parking garage of roughly 600,000 square feet.
The newly expanded gaming space brings in 44 additional table games and 289 new slots, a 20 percent increase from SugarHouse’s previous gaming offerings. The new High Limit Lounge offers a private atmosphere, while still being a part of the casino action. Guests will enjoy high limit gaming, concierge service, private parking and more.
The upsized SugarHouse Casino includes a more than 6,000 square-foot dedicated poker space, named the Poker Night in America Poker Room. The state-of-the-art Poker Room features 28 tables and 252 seats. The Poker Night in America Poker Room is the first of its kind, becoming a home base for the popular CBS Sports TV program. SugarHouse welcomed Poker Night in America in April to record an installment of the show with some of the most famous names in poker, including Joe McKeehan and Matt Glantz.
The expansion also brings in new non-gaming amenities, including additional restaurants and The Event Center.
About 500 new, full-time jobs have opened up at SugarHouse as a result of the expansion, bringing the current total to approximately 1,700 Team Members. SugarHouse has been voted a “Best Place to Work” and “Top Workplace” by its Team Members every year since opening, without exception.
The Event Center boasts a 30,000 square-foot multipurpose space, now available for booking. Located on the second floor of the casino, the facility is tailor-made for corporate events, wedding receptions, black-tie galas, major performances and more. It features floor-to-ceiling windows and beautiful panoramic views of the riverfront and the Ben Franklin Bridge. Minutes from Center City, the SugarHouse Casino Event Center can accommodate small and large groups of more than 1,000 guests for standing room only, or up to 800 people for banquet seating, and is accessible for all ages.