Parx Casino announced that their planned mini-casino in Shippensburg will open for business in February of 2023. The facility, measuring 73,000 square feet, will feature roughly 500 slot machines put 48 electronic tables for customers to enjoy.
Parx Casino Announces Shippensburg Location to Open in February 2023
Parx Casino Caters To The Local Sports Fan
Alongside the gaming areas, Parx Casino will install a 100-seat restaurant with an attached sports bar.
Although the casino will not have a sportsbook, since it is technically classified as a Category 4 mini-casino, but the facility will feature sports betting kiosks for patrons that desire to place a bet on the big game.
Although the specific date remains unknown, the Shippensburg could potentially field bets for the upcoming Super Bowl. The facility will be open in time for March Madness, otherwise known as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Parx will run the sports betting kiosks in house at the Shippensburg location but could also partner with a big-time national sportsbook for mobile offerings.
Parx Targets Shippensburg for Student Base at Local College
One of the biggest reasons why Shippensburg was chosen by Parx is due to the local college and their 8,300 students. Shippensburg University houses over 7,000 undergrad attendees and close to 1,300 postgraduate students.
Less than two miles from campus, the casino also shares real estate with a heavily trafficked WalMart Supercenter.
Parx planned to open the gaming facility in November of 2022 but construction delays pushed back the opening date to February 2023. The company won the right to build the Shippensburg location after winning an auction hosted by Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board back in the Spring of 2018 for $8.1 million.
The casino is hosting job fairs for over 50 positions needed to run the gaming location. Employees are needed for the food service section of the casino along with security guards and other necessary administrative positions.
Pennsylvania’s Casino Market Looks to Expand in 2023
According to the Gaming’s Board Annual Report in 2022, the Pennsylvania gaming scene looks to expand on its explosive growth since legalization hit the state in 2017. Along with the Shippensburg casino from Parx, the state expects expansion with two more mini-casinos in Cumberland and Centre County and room for more iGaming.
Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board has already approved the addition of two retail sportsbooks with several online sports betting sites also in the pipeline. Other iGaming sites coming to the state will offer casino-style games for customers.
At the end of the 2021-2022 fiscal year, sports betting brought in over $315 million with a whopping $267 million coming from online apps. iGaming revenue totaled over $1.23 billion for the fiscal year ending at the end of June 2022.
Derek Blake is a freelance writer that has covered the expansion of legal sports betting in America and the regional casino business for several well-known industry websites. During his writing career, he has written profiles on dozens of athletes and focused on the collision of sports and politics.