VIDEO: Chatham-Kent's Cascades Casino Officially Opens

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Mayor Darren Canniff says it's a big day for tourism in Chatham-Kent.

Gateways' Cascades Casino celebrated its grand opening Thursday with a ribbon-ceremony that included Cannliff and several officials.

The evening kicked off with a cheque totalling $884,638 being presented to the region — part of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming's Municipality Contribution Agreement.

A soft opening began on July 16, but now the $36-million facility with more than 300 slots, 10 table games, and two restaurants is making things official.

Canniff tells AM800 News the casino is more than just a betting house.

"It's bringing jobs, its bringing entertainment value here. It's one more piece of the puzzle to make Chatham-Kent a complete destination," he says. "There's a real buzz in Chatham-Kent right now as far as the facility. They're excited about it because it's representing how Chatham-Kent's moving forward and we're excited about the future."

Gateway Casinos and Entertainment CAO Brad Bardua tells AM800 News the project is big news for his company as well.

"We've done a number of projects in Ontario so far, but this is our first brand new built facility. So it's the first opportunity for us to show what our vision is for Ontario for our property," he says. "We expect it to just continue to roll and pick up steam and get more and more interest from the community. We're very excited about this."

The 24-hour casino is on Richmond Street at Keil Drive and employs more than 200 people.

 

— with files from AM800's Peter Langille.