Michigan City Casino to Expand

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(photo courtesy Blue Chip Casino) (photo courtesy Blue Chip Casino)
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The Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa in Michigan City is set to undergo an expansion later this year. Financial details were not released, however the casino says the effort will add nearly 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Construction on the expansion is expected to begin at the end of the year and be complete by the fall of 2019. The project will include a new 11,000-square-foot ballroom that can be divided into six smaller rooms, as well as 3,800 square feet of pre-function space.

Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corp. (NYSE: BYD), which operates the casino, says the project will create a total of more than 45,000 square feet of rentable space at the facility.

"This expansion is another example of our commitment to the Michigan City community and the state of Indiana, further strengthening our reputation as this region’s premier tourism, entertainment and meeting destination," said Ted Bogich, executive vice president of operations for Boyd Gaming. "Based on the tremendous demand we are seeing for meeting space today, we are confident this project will allow us to significantly grow our meeting and convention business, further diversifying our customer base and introducing thousands of people each year to Blue Chip’s unique brand of hospitality."

Boyd Gaming is currently in the midst of a $575 million acquisition of four casino properties from Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: PNK). The properties involved in the deal include Belterra Casino Resort in Switzerland County.

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