DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — On Wednesday morning, Caesars Entertainment announced that it is partnering with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) to develop a $650 million casino in Danville, which is breaking ground this week.

The Caesars Virginia casino is expected to boost tourism and the economy for the River City region, as well as create thousands of construction and operational jobs.

According to Caesars Entertainment, the Danville casino will feature a 500-room hotel and a world-class casino gaming floor with over 1,300 slots; 85 live table games; 24 electronic table games; a WSOP poker room; and a Caesars Sportsbook. In addition, there will be a full-service spa; a pool; high-quality bars and restaurants; a 2,500-seat, state-of-the-art, live entertainment theater; and 40,000-square-feet of meeting and convention space.

“We are excited to build a world-class Caesars resort in Danville with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, a valued partner of Caesars Entertainment for more than 20 years,” said Anthony Carano, president and chief operating officer for Caesars Entertainment. “Caesars’ diverse collection of destinations across the U.S. is synonymous with unparalleled service, impressive benefits through our Caesars Rewards loyalty program, superstar entertainment talent and culinary excellence. We will bring these same phenomenal offerings to the Danville region for people to enjoy.”

Officials tell WFXR News that Caesars, EBCI, and a local minority investor will be partners in the joint ventures, but Caesars will manage the casino. Meanwhile, the Caesars Sportsbook app is already available for download and registration throughout the Commonwealth.

“This venture is a vital opportunity for our nation and our people. We are excited to be expanding our longstanding and successful partnership with Caesars Entertainment to develop a first-class resort that will be defined by luxury and service that Caesars’ guests have known and come to expect,” said Richard Sneed, principal chief of the EBCI. 

With Caesars Virginia set to open in late 2024, the company says that the casino will attract new customers and existing members of the best-in-class Caesars Rewards player loyalty program who live in the Danville area and across the country.

Demolition work wrapped up at the construction site late last month, but WFXR News is working to confirm the date and time of this week’s groundbreaking ceremony.