Casino in Virginia Could Open at Site of Former Boxing and Fitness Center

| March 11, 2022 11:37 am PDT
  • The Permanent casino in Norfolk is set to open its doors in 2024.
  • A temporary complex could be up and running before then.
  • It is hoped that Virginia’s first legal casino will stimulate the local economy.

In 2020, Norfolk became one of the cities in Virginia that was under consideration to open a commercial casino in the state.

Under legislation rolled out that year, another four cities in the Old Dominion were also set to compete for licenses. But if plans go ahead, we could see Norfolk lead the way with the development of a new state-of-the-art gaming facility.

The Norfolk Boxing Gym and Fitness Center, now closed, is the site slated for the first casino in the state. Those betting online in Virginia will now have the prospect of being able to attend a bricks-and-mortar establishment for the first time ever.

When Will the Casino in Norfolk Open its Doors?

Having joined forces with the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, as well as industry veteran Jon Yarbrough, Norfolk is expecting the development to launch in 2024.

A deal was agreed to build a $500 million gaming resort that would sit adjacent to the Elizabeth River. This venture, which will be called HeadWaters Resort & Casino is looking for land near the Harbor Park minor league baseball stadium.

According to plans, HeadWaters should be ready to go at some point in the first half of 2024. But fans who cannot wait to take a shot on the roulette and craps tables, as well as the slots and other games, could have access to a temporary casino facility inside Harbor Park much earlier.

As part of Virginia’s 2020 gaming legislation, building these types of temporary resorts is allowed. That is, as long as they are in close proximity to where the permanent casino is to be built.

Looking Forward to Betting in Virginia?

Should all go well, this new project could be a real boost for Norfolk and Virginia as a whole.

In addition to casino games, there is also talk of a full-scale resort including a restaurant and lounge.

“The Pamunkey Indian Tribe, in coordination with the development of its HeadWaters Resort & Casino, is excited to discuss with the City of Norfolk the possibility of opening a restaurant and lounge with limited gaming.”

While the project is still debating on the temporary space, Norfolk residents are anticipating what should be a nice addition to the city. Alongside the creation of new jobs, the financial benefits will be a boost to those overseeing the running of Norfolk.

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Adam Haynes

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