350,000-square-foot racetrack and casino about 30 miles from Pittsburgh debuts with 3,700 slot machines and the area’s first electronic table-games pit

Cannery Casino Resorts delivered a world-class entertainment destination with the opening today of the $175-million, 350,000-square-foot Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington, Pa., about 30 miles from Pittsburgh. 

The first to open in southwestern Pennsylvania, the state-of-the-art casino includes 3,700 slot machines, an electronic table-games pit, premier restaurants with spectacular views of the gaming floor and the race track, a new racing grandstand, bowling center, simulcast area, and VIP super boxes. 

Casino officials were joined by members of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, community leaders, elected officials and Meadows guests. A loyal Meadows customer, Marjorie Harrigan of Clairton, Pa., joined Meadows officials in cutting a ceremonial ribbon to usher in the crowd. Two years ago, she was randomly chosen from the crowd to cut the ribbon to the temporary casino. The grand opening comes after a highly successful testing that generated $254,000, to be donated by The Meadows to more than 50 area volunteer fire departments. 

”Today is the culmination of nearly five years of hard work by so many people," said Bill Paulos, a principal of Las Vegas-based CCR, which owns The Meadows. CCR has invested more than $450 million into the property. "The Meadows is among the finest gaming facilities on the East Coast. By fully integrating horse racing and gaming, while adding great restaurants, live entertainment and an all-ages bowling center, we have created a true entertainment destination that everyone can enjoy. This shows how a community and region can benefit when private enterprise, local government leaders and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board work as partners." 

The gaming floor includes a wide array of slot machines, including popular games such as Wheel of Fortune, Hot Hot Penny, Keno, video roulette, Monopoly, Star Wars and eBay. Guests can play more than 1,600 slot machines that cost as little as a penny and other machines with denominations ranging up to $25. 

The Meadows' electronic table-games pit, located in the center of the gaming floor in front of the main bar, Pacers, features 10 electronic blackjack tables and two three-card poker tables, allowing up to 60 players to play the tables at one time. 

For harness-racing enthusiasts, the complex features a new, covered grandstand area overlooking the historic racetrack and a 200-seat simulcast area. Providing a select view of the racetrack, VIP super boxes are situated on the top level of the casino and are available for rent. 

Plans also include a boutique-style bowling alley that is tentatively set to open in May. 

Since opening its temporary casino in June 2007, The Meadows has focused heavily on being a community partner, providing hundreds of jobs to local residents, hiring local companies for goods and services, working with several charities, and using its Neighborhood Partners program to benefit area businesses. Some of the additional ways The Meadows has continued to help thecommunity include creating about 1,000 jobs for the permanent casino.  Most of the jobs have been filled by area residents; creating about 1,000 local jobs for construction of the temporary and permanent casinos. Nearly all construction was done with the assistance of local construction companies; and investing millions of dollars in local goods and services. The Meadows purchases 95 percent of all goods and services from local companies for its day-to-day operation.

The 82,000-square-foot temporary casino was built in seven months. The permanent casino - nearly three times as large as the temporary – was completed in less than two years. 

Chief architect of the project was Climans Green Liang Architects Inc. of Toronto.