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Hamburg Gaming completes first phase of renovation plan

Delaware North-operated Hamburg Gaming, near Buffalo, recently completed a $2 million renovation of its gaming floor and celebrated the improved gaming experience with four days of giveaways and promotions.

The renovation project, which began in August and was competed in late September, featured the installation of new carpeting and replacement of the chairs for the venue’s more than 900 video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming machines. The machines were also reconfigured on the floor to allow easier flow for patrons and to open up views and access to the venue’s popular Cyclone Bar.

This represents the first major renovation of the $25 million Hamburg Gaming building, which opened in 2010 after a move of the gaming floor from underneath the adjacent Buffalo Raceway grandstand at the Erie County Fairgrounds.

“We wanted to freshen up our gaming floor to make it a more comfortable and welcoming experience for our loyal patrons,” said Robert Puhalski, general manager of Hamburg Gaming for hospitality company Delaware North, which has operated the gaming venue for the Erie County Agriculture Society since it opened in 2004.

Puhalski said more enhancements are coming soon, including new lighting for the gaming floor by year’s end, a completely new tile entrance and walkways in early 2018, and retooled dining offerings in late 2018.

“Delaware North is working on a new food and beverage concept for Hamburg Gaming that we think will really be exciting for our patrons and attract others to check out the great entertainment experience we have here,” Puhalski said.

He said an announcement of the new food and beverage concept will likely be made in the next few months. Media coverage of the renovation included The Buffalo News and Buffalo Business First.