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August 12, 2015

Topping off ceremony for SugarHouse Casino expansion

Additional amenities will create about 500 new jobs and provide $1 million for economic development in surrounding neighborhoods

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Rendering of SugarHouse Casino expansion, designed by Cope Linder Architects.

The final steps of a major expansion to the SugarHouse Casino will be recognized Thursday morning with a topping off ceremony to be attended by city officials and members of the gaming industry.

The expansion, which began in July 2014, increases the casino's size from 108,000-square feet to 260,000-square feet, with a new 600,000-square foot parking garage. What can SugarHouse patrons expect from the new space? An additional 44 table games, 289 more slots and 28 extra poker tables, a relatively new facet of the casino experience in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Business Journal reports.

SugarHouse will increase its nongaming amenities, such as restaurants and a 30,000-square foot event space.

In all, the casino expansion is expected to create approximately 500 new full-time jobs and $1 million in revenue for economic development in Fishtown and surrounding neighborhoods throughout the Penn Treaty Special Services District.

The expansion plan was designed by Cope Linder Architects. Construction management was provided by Skanska USA Building Inc. and development management was run by Keating Consultinc LLC.