After slowing construction during the COVID-19 crisis, Delaware North’s Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis, Ark., is getting back to building at its initial and intended pace a $250 million expansion to the property that will feature a new gaming complex and high-rise hotel.
Delaware North CEO Lou Jacobs and Brian Hansberry, president of Delaware North’s gaming division, were at Southland recently as construction crews continued work on the project, which is expected to be finished in 2022.
The expansion will allow Southland to grow its offerings to 2,400 gaming machines from the current 2,000 and as many as 60 live table games. The new, 113,000-squarefoot casino complex will also feature new and expanded dining options, including a larger buffet, larger steakhouse restaurant, new food hall, new coffee shop, new player lounge and new center, lobby and steakhouse bars.
The signature component of the expansion project is a 20-story hotel tower that will feature 300 rooms: 216 standard rooms, 72 corner suites and 12 penthouse suites on the top floor. Onsite parking will be expanded via construction of a new, covered parking garage with 1,250 spaces.