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Rivers Casino Portsmouth opens in Feb 2023

RIVERS CASINO PORTSMOUTH

I-264 and Victory Blvd
Portsmouth, Virginia

Rivers Casino in Portsmouth, Virginia is a $300 million casino resort currently under construction three miles southwest of downtown Portsmouth. The 400,000-square-foot casino complex will include slot machines, table games, restaurants, a 3,000-seat event venue, movie theater, retail stores and a 4-star hotel. Opening date is targeted for February 2023.

Rivers Casino Portsmouth VAArtist rendering of proposed Rivers Casino in Portsmouth, Virginia

Rivers Casino Portsmouth

Rivers Casino Portsmouth will be a $300 million casino resort built at I-264 and Victory Blvd next to Tidewater Community College. The project will be 400,000 sq feet featuring a casino, restaurants, a 4-star hotel, a 3,000-seat event center, movie theater and retail stores.

Rivers Casino Portsmouth will be developed and operated by Rush Street, a Chicago gaming and entertainment company that operates casinos in Illinois, Pennsylvania and New York.


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When will Rivers Casino Portsmouth open?

Rivers Casino Portsmouth hopes to open by February 2023. Construction crews began clearing the site in August 2021 and prepping it for its groundbreaking on Dec. 7, 2021. A precise opening date is expected later in 2022.

Renderings of Rivers Casino Portsmouth

Jul 21, 2020

Renderings released of planned Portsmouth casino - Courtesy of 13News Now, Jul 21, 2020. Available from YouTube

Features of Rivers Casino Portsmouth

  • Gaming and entertainment complex - 400,000 sq feet

  • Casino will include slot machines, table games, poker, sportsbook and high-limit gaming areas.

  • Event venue with 3,000 seats

  • Restaurants and dining venues - TBA

  • Hotel - 4-star

  • Movie theater

  • Retail outlets

  • Parking garage with 3,000 spaces

Location of Rivers Casino Portsmouth

Rivers Casino will be built on a 57-acre parcel of land about three miles southwest of downtown Portsmouth. The site is just south of Interstate 264 between Victory Boulevard and McClean Street and adjacent to Tidewater Community College.

Rivers Casino Portsmouth Location


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Rivers Casino Portsmouth will break ground Dec 7

November 30, 2021

The $300 million Rivers Casino Portsmouth will formally break ground on Tuesday December 7th next week. The site is 57 acres located a few miles southwest of downtown Portsmouth and adjacent to Tidewater Community College

Rivers Casino Portsmouth will be a $300 million casino complex with a slot machines, table games, restaurants, hotel, event center, and retail stores. See features.

Preparation of the building site began last August. Vegetation is cleared, the land is leveled and the soil has been tested/analyzed for the foundation.

Portsmouth residents approved the Rivers Casino project with a 67% vote in favor of a Nov. 2020 ballot referendum. Similar referendum were passed at that time in Norfolk, Danville, and Bristol.

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Update: Rivers Casino Portsmouth begins site preparation

August 13, 2021

Construction workers are clearing the fifty-acre site for the future River Casino Portsmouth. Site preparation is expected to be completed in time for an October groundbreaking, however, the exact date is still pending.

Update on Portsmouth's Rivers Casino project - Courtesy of 13News Now, Aug 3, 2021. Available from YouTube

When will the actual construction start on the Rivers Casino Portsmouth? That date is dependent on the Virginia Lottery Board's final approval and issuance of the casino license. Rivers Casino Portsmouth is preparing the casino site in anticipation of that decision within the coming months.

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2020 Election: Portsmouth voters approve Rivers Casino plan

November 5, 2020

The $300M Rivers Casino Portsmouth was approved by Portsmouth voters this week. The project includes a casino, a 3,000-seat entertainment venue and a hotel. The location is on the Elizabeth River near the marina.

Casinos are on their way to Norfolk, Portsmouth. Here's when they'll be completed - Courtesy of 13 News Now, Nov. 4, 2020. Available from YouTube

Construction of Rivers Casino Portsmouth will begin in 2021 and finish in 2023.

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News Headlines Continued

News Timeline for opening new Virginia Casinos November 29, 2020 - he Virginia Lottery Board has begun the long process towards licensing and opening the first Vegas-style casinos in Virgnia after voters in Bristol, Danville, Norfolk, and Portsmouth approved casino referendums ... Read more News 2020 Election: Portsmouth voters approve Rivers Casino plan November 5, 2020 - The $300M Rivers Casino Portsmouth was approved by Portsmouth voters this week. The project includes a casino, a 3,000-seat entertainment venue and a hotel. The location is ... Read more News 2020 Election: Virginia voters approve casinos in four cities November 5, 2020 - Local voters in Bristol, Danville, Norfolk and Portsmouth approved local referendums to build casinos in their respective cities. Votes were 2 to 1 in favor of these casinos. ... Read more

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