Saratoga Casino Hotel has announced plans for a major capital improvement project incorporating an $8m investment in upgrades into the location. Expected to be completed by the end of 2019, the project will add new amenities and an improved guest experience to the casino floor. The announcement comes on the heels of the property opening its new outdoor gaming terrace earlier this month.
The casino now turns its focus to completing a more extensive project that will add an all-new sports bar on the gaming floor, a new VIP lounge, upgraded high-limit slot area, self-service beverage stations, as well as new carpet, finishes, lighting fixtures, upgraded sound system, and 50 multimedia screens throughout the casino. Work will be completed in segments to allow for minimal disruption, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
“With the exception of our hotel, these renovations will undoubtedly be the most transformational project in our property’s history,” said General Manager Alex Tucker. “We’re confident that when everything is in place, our guests will recognize the significant strides and improvements we’re making to enhance their visits to Saratoga Casino Hotel.”
An integral component of the project will be the new sports bar. Located close to the main entrance, the bar will be elevated above the casino floor and will offer seating for 75 guests. The bar will feature two-tiers of 360-degree multimedia screens, as well as taps for over 20 craft and domestic beers and an a la carte menu offering high-end gastropub fare.
An additional amenity will be the construction of a brand new VIP lounge. Select players will have access to a lounge where they can enjoy complimentary drinks and food. The room will be fully equipped with private seating areas, plush couches, a TV and gas fireplace. Nearby, a fully revamped high-limit slot area will be constructed. Both the sports bar and VIP lounge are anticipated to be complete by this fall.
The entirety of the casino floor, which spans over 40,000 square feet, will be re-carpeted and feature new finishes and distinct lighting fixtures throughout. Once completed, the new carpet, finishes and lighting will more closely align with the modern architecture and design featured in the casino’s hotel..
“A project of this magnitude would not be possible without the collaboration and guidance of our governing agencies,” said Tucker. “We applaud both OGS and the New York State Gaming Commission for their commitment and partnerships throughout this entire planning process.”
The casino’s capital improvement project will be overseen by lead architectural firm AJA, of Glens Falls. The project will be completed by Consigli Construction of Albany, NY, and will utilize union contractors throughout the duration of the construction period. A total of 125 construction jobs and an estimated 16,000 man hours will be required to complete all stages of the work.