Dover Downs Reports Expansion Plan
By the summer of 2007, the Company expects to have added 268 luxury rooms to the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, bringing the total number of rooms to 500. Twelve of these rooms will be specially designed spa suites featuring either hot tubs, pool tables or fireplaces plus wet bars and plasma screen TVs.
"This expansion is the next step in our plan to make Dover Downs one of the premier gaming destinations on the East Coast," said Denis McGlynn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment. "We are very excited to offer more rooms and additional amenities to our current and future customers. Given the consistently strong occupancy levels we have seen since our hotel opened in 2002, it is our belief that these improvements will attract more casino customers to Dover Downs." McGlynn added that approximately 50 new jobs are expected to be generated when the expansion comes on-line bringing total employment at Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment to almost 1,000.
Friedmutter Group was retained as the principal architect for the project late last year and Dover Downs expects to enter into a construction management agreement with T.N. Ward Company shortly. Both companies are industry leaders in casino and hotel design and construction, having worked on facilities in both Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Construction on the $52 million project is expected to begin in April following final City of Dover Planning Commission approval. A 16-month construction period is anticipated.
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino already boasts a AAA-rated Four-Diamond hotel, an array of fine dining options, 2,500 of the most popular slot machines available, with many featuring state-of-the-art ticket-in ticket-out technology, and the Rollins Center®, an 18,000-square-foot multipurpose ballroom which routinely features headline entertainment such as Bill Cosby, Wayne Newton, Tom Jones and The Temptations as well as business conferences, conventions and banquets. For the past three years, the property has earned the title of "Best Racino" by the readers of Casino Player magazine.