East Margaret Drive
Terre Haute, Vigo County, IN
Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort is a $260 million casino project approved for Terre Haute by the Indiana Gaming Commission on Nov. 17, 2021. The casino resort will be built on a 50-acre site on the eastside of Terre Haute and feature a casino with 1,000 slot machines and 50 table games, 3 restaurants, 2 bars and a 125-room hotel with a rooftop bar and lounge.
The Queen of Terre Haute is a casino project proposed by Churchill Downs Inc. of Kentucky. Construction of the Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort is expected to start in the spring of 2022 and will take two years. The opening date will be in 2024.
Queen of Terre Haute was selected over three other Terre Haute casino proposals by the Indiana Gaming Commission on Nov. 17, 2021.
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400,000-sq-ft building complex
56,000-sq-ft casino floor
1,000 slot machines
50 table games
Four Cornered Steakhouse
Crossroads Sports Bar (TwinSpires Sportsbook)
Casual Dining Restaurant
Rooftop Bar & Lounge
125 guest rooms
Rooftop bar and lounge
The following images are artist renderings of the Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort provided courtesy of Churchill Downs, Inc.
Casino Exterior - The Queen of Terre Haute Casino
Resort Exterior at Night - The Queen of Terre Haute Casino
Rooftop Pool and Bar - The Queen of Terre Haute Casino
Crossroads Sports Bar - The Queen of Terre Haute Casino
Hotel Guest Room - The Queen of Terre Haute Casino
Hotel Lobby Bar - The Queen of Terre Haute Casino
Hotel Front Desk - The Queen of Terre Haute Casino
Four Cornered Steakhouse - The Queen of Terre Haute Casino
Outdoor Gaming Area - The Queen of Terre Haute Casino
June 28, 2022
A groundbreaking event was celebrated last week for the new Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort on the 50-acre site at 4442 East Margaret Drive. Construction is scheduled to take up to 18 months to complete, and the casino is expected to open in late 2023.
Local officials and corporate executives from Churchill Downs attended the event. Prior to turning the shovels, the CEO of Churchill Downs made a few statements:
"The Queen of Terre Haute is intended to reflect this community, the values, the enthusiasm, and the people that live here.
"We are very focused as a company on economic development, health and wellness, tourism, infrastructure and quality of life as well as talent, attracting the best people that we can," Carstanjen said. "We realize that you have entrusted us with being a member of your community and with this project."
- William C. Carstanjen, CEO Churchill Downs
When Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort, completed, the $260 million property will feature a casino with 1,000 slot machines, 50 table games, and a sportsbook, five restaurants and bars, and a 10-story hotel with 125 luxury guest rooms and a roof top pool with a bar and lounge.
June 7, 2022
Queen of Terre Haute Casino will hold a formal groundbreaking ceremony at 11 AM on June 21 to mark the official start of construction on the $260 million casino project. The event will be held at 4442 E East Margaret Drive on the eastside of Terre Haute.
Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort will be owned and operated by Churchill Downs Inc of Kentucky. The casino complex will comprise 400,000 square feet and consist of a casino, restaurants and a hotel. The casino will be 56,000 square feet with 1,000 slot machines, 50 table games and a TwinSpires Sportsbook.
The restaurants and bars at the Queen of Terre Haute Casino will include the Four Cornered Steakhouse, Crossroads Sports Bar with the TwinSpires Sportsbook, a casual dining restaurant, and a hotel rooftop bar and lounge. Other dining venues are to be announced.
The Queen of Terre Haute Hotel will feature 125 guest rooms and suites.
March 11, 2022
Terre Haute City Council approved an east side location last week requested by the Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort project. The Council voted unanimously to rezone a 50-acre site for the casino near Interstate 70 and Indiana 46.
The new location lies on the north side of East Margaret Drive and the west side of the Clabber Girl distribution center. The casino was original approved for a westside location on Honey Creek Drive west of the Haute City Shopping Mall.
The City Council action is only the first step in the approval process for the east side building site. The next steps are:
Applying for and receiving a height variance from the city and the FAA. This could be done as early as May and construction could start soon afterwards.
Final approvals for the new location must be issued by the Indiana Gaming Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Ryan Jordan, the senior vice president at Churchill Downs for real estate development" expressed his company's excitement with the City Council's approval.
"Very excited, very happy that the council approved our rezoning request. We're super excited to be in Terre Haute. We think we have a terrific site."
- Ryan Jordan, Sr VP Churchill Downs
Mr. Jordan also said his company expects the Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort to open in late 2023.
February 10, 2022
Churchill Downs Inc. filed a rezoning application Monday for a new building site for the Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort. The 50-acre location is on Terre Haute's eastside near Interstate 70 and Indiana 46. The original plan was to build on Honey Creek Drive west of the Haute City Shopping Mall.
If approved by the Vigo County Area Planning Department, Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort will be built on the north side of East Margaret Drive and west of the Clabber Girl distribution center. The Indiana Gaming Commission will meet March 8 and determine if there are any issues or restrictions to be addressed before Churchill Downs can proceed with the new location.
January 8, 2022
What may have been the final legal obstacle against building the Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort has been dropped. Full House Resorts announced this week that it will withdraw its lawsuit and appeal against the Indiana Gaming Commission's selection of the Churchill Downs application for the Terre Haute casino license.
Churchill Downs and Full House Resorts were the two finalist under consideration for the license. When the commission selected Churchill Downs last Nov. 17th, Full House Resorts filed an appeal and later a lawsuit claiming (1) the commission violated state open meeting laws and (2) the Churchill Downs proposal was disqualified by not identifying a specific location for its casino.
In a letter to the commission this week, Full House stated it had "no malicious intent nor did it want to delay the project further"; Therefore, the lawsuit and appeal will both be withdrawn.
December 23, 2021
The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) met this week to push forward with the casino project for Terre Haute. Last month the IGC selected a $240 million casino proposal from Churchill Downs to build the Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort on Honey Creek Drive west of the Haute City Shopping Mall.
To advance this project, the commission addressed three major issues during the Tuesday meeting:
The commission voted to officially award the Terre Haute casino license to Churchill Downs Incorporated for the Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort.
Lucy Luck Appeal
The commission approved a settlement with Lucy Luck, who had filed an appeal with the IGC after losing the initial license for Terre Haute last June for funding and staffing concerns. The settlement ended the appeal.
Full House Resorts Lawsuit
A new lawsuit has been filed against the IGC by Full House Resorts, a finalist for the Terre Haute casino. Full House claims the Churchill Downs casino application should be disqualified for not committing to its proposed casino site. Churchill Downs said it could be looking at alternate sites.
The commission wants to move forward with the Terre Haute casino project, but the investment by Churchill Downs may be delayed by the new lawsuit. An update is expected after the holidays.
November 18, 2021
Today the Indiana Gaming Commission made its final selection from four casino applicants seeking to build and operate a casino in Terre Haute. The commission selected Churchill Downs to build the Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort, a $240 million plan to be built on Honey Creek Drive west of the Haute City Shopping Mall.
The commission will issue a "certificate of suitability" to Churchill Downs to begin the project. The casino license will follow later after the commission resolves a court appeal by Lucy Luck Gaming in a case regarding the previous license.
The Queen of Terre Haute will have 400,000 total square feet building size on a 21-acre site. The casino floor will be 56,000 square feet with 1,000 slots and 50 table games. The property will include three restaurants and a 125-room hotel with a rooftop bar and lounge.
October 19, 2021
The Indiana Gaming Commission has published the proposed locations of each of the four casino applications under consideration for Vigo County. One proposed site is on the west side of Terre haute. The other three sites are on the east side.
CHURCHILL DOWNS has proposed the "Queen of Terre Haute Casino" to be built on 20.9 acres of undeveloped land on Honey Creek Drive west of the Haute City Shopping Mall.
FULL HOUSE RESORTS has proposed the "American Place" casino to be built at 5995 Margaret Avenue, Terre Haute, IN 47803. This is a 32-acre site near the intersection of I-70 and U.S. 40/State 46.
PREMIER GAMING has proposed a casino built near the Interstate 70 and State 46 interchange.
HARD ROCK has proposed the "Rocksino" to be built at 2555 South Joe Fox Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47803.
WTHI-TV News Story:
October 9, 2021
The Indiana Gaming Commission has received letters of support for the Hard Rock Casino proposal for Terre Haute from local officials and community leaders. The commission will announce its selection from four applicants on Nov. 17th.
Support letters were sent to the commission by each member of the Vigo County Board of Commissioners aplus the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and the Vigo County Council.
Each letter emphasized the design status and readiness of the Hard Rock proposal. Unlike the other casino proposals, the Hard Rock project is fully developed and ready to break ground for construction.
October 4, 2021
The Hard Rock casino proposal submitted to the Indiana Gaming Commission(IGC) last month is very similar to the Rocksino plan approved by the commission in 2020. The new Hard Rock proposal also includes an ownership share for Greg Gibson, owner of Lucy Luck Gaming, who held the Rocksino casino license until it was canceled last June.
The IGC did not renew the Rocksino license because the project did not appear to be moving forward. Key executive positions had not filled and all the financing had not be secured. In this new Rocksino proposal Gibson will be an investor and have no active role in the operation of the casino.
The new Rocksino plan will cost $200 million instead of the previous $175 million. The plan includes a 175-room hotel, a 300-seat showroom and 1,000-square-feet of retail space. The number of slot machines is reduced from 1,150 to 850 and table games are reduced from 50 to 35.
October 2, 2021
On Nov 17th the Indiana Gaming Commission will announce which gaming company has selected to build a casino in Vigo County. Four applicants submitted their proposals to the commission by the Sep 22 deadline, and each of the proposals will receive a careful review and evaluation by the commission.
During the commission's meeting Wednesday, Greg Small, the executive director, announced the Nov 17 date and added:
"We have received four applications, so we are guaranteed a competitive process which I think will be to the great benefit of both the state and the local community, specifically because I think we have four known operators that are gaming professionals in other jurisdictions, so I think we have a good process ahead of us."
- Greg Small, Executive Director IGC
The four casino applicants are Churchill Downs, Full House Resorts, Hard Rock and Premier Gaming Group. See all proposals.
September 27, 2021
Four applicants for the casino license in Vigo County submitted proposals to the Indiana Gaming Commission before the commission's deadline of Sept 22. The application process was reopened after the commission canceled the Terre Haute casino liscense of Lucy Luck Gaming in June 2021.
The four applicants are Hard Rock, Churchill Downs, Full House Resorts and Premier Gaming Group. > See details of the 4 casino proposals
September 2, 2021
The Indiana Gaming Commission is accepting new applications for a casino in Vigo County after denying renewal of the casino license to Lucy Luck Gaming last June.
Lucy Luck Gaming LLC was planning to build a 100,000-square-foot casino with 1,200 slot machines and 50 table games in partnership with Hard Rock International. The casino was to be named Rocksino by Hard Rock Terre Haute. Lucky Lucy lost its license due to financing and management concerns of the commission. See news article.
The Indiana Gaming Commission has reopened the application process for licensing a new casino in Vigo County. The filing fee is $50,000 and the filing deadline is September 22.
Lucy Luck Gaming is appealing the decision made by the Indiana Gaming Commission, and the company's chairman, Greg Gibson, has not said whether or not the company will submit a new application by September 22.
June 27, 2021
The Indiana Gaming Commission voted unanimously Thursday to not renew the casino license issued to Lucy Luck Gaming LLC, which was planning to build a Hard Rock casino in Terre Haute. The commission cited funding and staffing concerns as reasons for the action.
The casino license for Vigo County will now seek new applicant bids within the next 90 days.
May 26, 2021
The Terre Haute casino project, named Rocksino by Hard Rock, was hoping to begin construction in June; however, in a meeting yesterday the Indiana Gaming Commission dealt the schedule a setback.
The financial plan submitted for the project was expected to be approved yesterday by the commission because five local banks are willing to finance the $170 million cost of the project. The commission, however, did not bring up a vote on the plan and instead delayed further action until after the renewal of the casino license is decided in a few weeks.
May 22, 2021
The Terre Haute casino is moving closer to a groundbreaking date after completing an important step for the Indiana Gaming Commission. The commission wanted a formal management agreement for the Rocksino by Hard Rock Terre Haute before renewing the casino license this month.
A management agreement has been presented to the commission by the two partners of the Terre Haute casino project: Hard Rock International and Lucy Luck Gaming. The agreement defines the role of Hard Rock to manage the casino operation. Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, also is a part owner and manager of the new Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana.
After the gaming commission meets later this month, it is hoped the groundbreaking for the casino can be scheduled in June. Chairman of Lucy Luck Gaming, Greg Gibson, told reporters:
"... no definite groundbreaking date set yet for Terre Haute. We are working with the Indiana Gaming Commission on our annual license renewal and approval of a finance plan, so that we will be in a position to break ground as soon as possible.
"We are sure hoping for later June. Hard Rock has told the Indiana Gaming Commission they want to get started before the end of June."
Construction of the Terre Haute casino is expected to take 14 months to complete. If the groundbreaking happens in June, the casino could open in late summer 2022.
March 29, 2021
The chairman of the Rocksino Hard Rock Terre Haute casino project told the Indiana Gaming Commission this week the casino has secured a $175 million financing package that will cover the full cost of construction. The ground breaking for the casino could be as early as late April.
December 22, 2016
There may be a Terre Haute casino in the future.
Legislation is being proposed by Sen. Jon Ford that if approved would take the unused games assigned to the Rising Sun casino and allow the proposed casino to use them.
The senator is hopeful for the passage believing that millions in tax revenue could be made for the state and host area. As well as the creation of employment for hundreds of people.
Close to the Illinois boarder, a potential casino in Terre Haute could be an idea location to attract visitors from out of state.
If approval is given, the casino could be open by 2019.
The original license for a Terre Haute casino was issued by the Indiana Gaming Commission to Lucy Luck Gaming in early 2020. The project was a partnership with Hard Rock International and named Rocksino by Hard Rock Terre Haute. However, the commission ended the license due to financial and management concerns.
The application process for the Terre Haute casino license was reopened by the commission in 2021. Four applicants were screened, and Churchill Downs was selected as the licensee. The casino project is named Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort.
The Indiana Gaming Commission set a deadline of Sept 22, 2021 for new applicants to submit proposals to build a casino in Terre Haute or Vigo County. Four applications were received:
CHURCHILL DOWNS (CDITH LLC) - Plan
FULL HOUSE RESORTS (FHR-Atlas LLC) - Plan
HARD ROCK submitted (HR Terre Haute LLC) - Plan
PREMIER GAMING GROUP (Terre Haute Entertainment LLC) - Plan
Churchill Downs proposes a casino and hotel named "The Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort". The name is derived from Terre Haute's nickname the "Queen City of the Wabash Valley".
Casino: 1,000 slot machines, 50 table games and a twin spires sportsbook.
Restaurants: Three restaurants have been announced: Four Cornered Steakhouse, TwinSpires Sportsbook at Crossroads Sports Bar and the Casual Dining Restaurant,
Entertainment:The Rooftop Bar and Lounge will be an entertainment venue atop the hotel tower.
Hotel: The Hotel at the Queen of Terre Haute will feature 125 guest rooms and a rooftop bar and lounge.
Location: Honey Creek Drive west of the Haute City Shopping Mall
Applicant: CDITH LLC (Churchhill Downs)
Full House Resorts proposes a $250 million casino and hotel named "American Place" to be located at 5995 Margaret Avenue, Terre Haute, IN 47803 near the I-70 and State 46 interchange.
Casino: 1,000 slot machines, 50 table games and a sportsbook.
Restaurants: Two "greenhouse" restaurants with farm-to-table menus plus a rooftop sushi bar.
Entertainment: Rooftop entertainment venue
Hotel: Four-star, 100-room hotel with a rooftop pool and cabanas.
Location: 5995 Margaret Avenue, Terre Haute, IN 47803 near the intersection of I-70 and U.S. 40/State 46.
Applicant: FHR-Atlas LLC (Full House Resorts)
Hard Rock proposes a casino with 850 slots, 35 table games, six restaurants and bars, a Rock Shop, and a 300-seat entertainment venue.
Casino: 850 slot machines, 35 table games, sportsbook and a high-limit room.
Restaurants: 6 restaurants and bars including a Hard Rock Cafe, steakhouse, food hall, constant grind, centerbar and sportsbook and a high-limit lounge.
Entertainment: The Velvet Sessions Showroom will have capacity for 300 seats.
Location: 2555 South Joe Fox Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47803
Applicant: HR Terre Haute LLC (Hard Rock)
The Premier Gaming Group proposes a $100 million casino with a hotel, rooftop bar, spa, meeting space and a park with trails.
Casino: 800 slot machines and 20 table games.
Restaurants: Dining venues include a sportsbook restaurant, a fine dining restaurant and a cafe. There will be a feature bar on the casino floor and a rooftop bar on the hotel.
Hotel: The hotel will include a full-service spa, a fitness room and meeting space.
Location: Near the Interstate 70 and State 46 interchange.
Applicant: Terre Haute Entertainment LLC (Premier Gaming Group)
LICENSE CANCELED June 2021
Rocksino by Hard Rock was to open in Terre Haute, Indiana in 2022. The casino project wass a partnership between Lucy Luck Gaming LLC and Hard Rock International. Hard Rock International is a solely-owned subsidiary of the Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida.
The Rocksino was to be a 100,000-square-foot, non-smoking casino with 1,200 slot machines, 50 table games and sports betting.
The Rocksino site was 25 acres on the east side of Terre Haute near the interchange of I-70 and State Road 46. The location wass southwest of Bill Farr Drive and Joe Fox Street and directly south of the Walmart Super Center.
The casino license to Lucy Luck Gaming was approved by the state gaming board earlier last year (2020). Financing was secured in March 2021 for the full construction cost. A formal groundbreaking ceremony was expected in April 2021, however, that was delayed by the Indiana Gaming Commission, which wanted to review the financial plan as well as a formal casino management agreement. In a May meeting the commission postponed the process again pending the reveiw and renewal of the casino license in June.When all issues are accepted by the commission, construction will begin on the casino.From that point the Terre Haute casino will take 18 months to build.
The Indiana Gaming Commission voted unanimously on June 24, 2021 to end the casino license previously issued to Lucy Luck Gaming LLC, the owner and developer of the Terre Haute casino project. (See Details)
The commission reopened the licensing process for applicants to submit new proposals. The deadline was set at September 22, 2021.
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No smoking allowed on the main casino floor. An outdoor covered patio was reserved for smokers. The patio had 117 slots and 8 table games.
1,060 slot machines
50 table games
High-limit lounge - private bar and light food
Hard Rock Cafe - seating for 125 guests
Steakhouse - fine dining with seating for 60
Buffet - 175 seats
Hard Rock Sportsbook and Bar - 75 seats
Constant Grind - coffee shop
Velvet Sessions - live entertainment venue with 300 seats
Hilton Home2 Suites would be adjacent to the casino.
A future on-site hotel was planned for Rocksino.
Rock Shop - gift shop
1,500 parking spaces
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