Hanover’s Playtime Casino held its official Grand Opening
There was no shortage of entertainment, food or people to celebrate.
Gateway CAO Brad Bardua is thrilled with the 18 million dollar
renovation and expansion project that has resulted in Ontario’s first Playtime
He says this now the brand standard for all Playtime
Casinos across Canada.
Along with the 300 slots and 8 live table games there is also
the MATCH Eatery & Public House, The Buffet a new Arcade Bar and by summer a
large outdoor patio.
He adds that entertainment is a key focus as Playtime which will
feature many live acts and performances.
General Manager Derek Tierney credits his 200 plus staff for the
success of the Grand Opening night, saying his top notch team has accomplished
so much in such a short time.
Over the last few months, the casino staff doubled from 100 to
200 plus, and there are still a few jobs left to fill.
Gateway Director of Communication Manager Rob Mitchell is amazed
at how well this 18 million dollar renovation and expansion project has come
He says to think last Fall the building that now houses Playtime
Casino was little more than a shell of glass building with a dirt floor and
Mayor Sue Paterson is also thrilled the Playtime Casino is up
and running, saying the benefits and economic spin offs for the Hanover and
surrounding region are huge.
Paterson says not only has the casino created 100 new jobs, but
it will also serve as drawing card for tourists and visitors which in turn will
boost the local economy which should also have a positive impact on community
Last September, Gateway Casino announced it would expand
Hanover’s small OLG slot facility and rebrand it and transform it into Playtime
Casino complete with family restaurant dining.
The project involved renovating expanding into the large vacant
unfinished Banquet Hall facility located behind the OLG.
(The construction of the Hanover, Bentinck & Brant
Agriculture Society Banquet Hall had begun years before but stopped due to
funding problems and was never finished until now.)
The expanded footprint provides the casino with 32,672 square
feet of space with an additional 3,283 square foot mezzanine.
Congrats to @GatewayCasinos on their #grandopening of the #playtime #brand in @TownofHanover yesterday with two new restaurants. They were originally planning on 75 new jobs. They’re now at 100 and plan to go to 200. @GreyCounty @NewsBayshore @cknxnews @GemmaFCLMPB @VisitGrey pic.twitter.com/O8q9AhwUrL— Selwyn J. Hicks (@SelwynJHicks) April 12, 2019