Penn National opens Plainridge Park, the fi rst casino in Massachusetts
Penn National Gaming recruited a number of prominent Boston-area sport icons to help with the official unveiling of Plainridge Park Casino, Massachusetts’ first casino, which opened its doors to the public in late June.
The $250 million facility, which includes 1,250 slot machines, video poker and virtual table games, live and simulcast racing, entertainment and upscale casual dining, had former New England Patriots quarterback Doug Flutie, former Boston Red Sox outfielder Fred Lynn, and Boston Bruins national anthem singer Rene Rancourt joining state gaming officials and Penn National Gaming executives at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event, combined with the casino opening, attracted an estimated 10,000 people, according to local news reports.
The 106,000-square-foot racing and gaming facility, which is located 35 miles southwest of Boston, employs more than 600 people and generated 1,200 construction jobs. Among the facility’s unique offerings are:
Doug Flutie’s Sports Pub, the first-ever restaurant from the former New England Patriots quarterback. The pub features than 30 LCD screens so guests won’t miss a minute of sports action, including the NFL, Major League Baseball, College Football and Basketball and much more.
Plainridge Park Casino also offers the only live harness racing track in Massachusetts, underway from April to November. Guests can enjoy the action from the 26,000 square foot grandstand, featuring box and reserved seats. Plainridge Park Casino also offers simulcast racing from across the country. Guests can pick their winners year-round from the 13,000 square foot clubhouse with box seats.
Also exclusive to Plainridge Park is Marquee Access, where guests are invited to earn rewards electronically. All player offers will be delivered electronically via e-mail and available by smartphone, laptop or tablet so as not to miss a single benefit, perk or offer.
So far, New England residents have responded positively to the property. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reported Plainridge Park generated $6.15 million in gross gaming revenue (GGR) during its first week of operation, and is on pace to surpass the $200 million in GGR goal the Commission set for the property’s first year of operation.