LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association has filed a nearly $2.4 million building permit for work that will transform the simulcast building at Lincoln Race Course into a temporary casino floor with more than 300 slot machines.
The developers of the planned WarHorse Casino on the same site expect the temporary slots casino to be up and running within six months, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.
Opening of the full WarHorse Casino, which will include more than 1,200 gaming stations, a 196-room hotel, event space, five or six restaurants, will take up to two years once construction begins.
The temporary slots casino will be set up in current space that’s used for simulcasting, which will reduce the area available for that activity, said Lynne McNally, the association’s executive vice president.
“We’re hoping to make it work and be able to run both operations out of the same space,” she said.
The new casino, with an estimated cost of $220 million, will be the largest in Nebraska, according to McNally and Lance Morgan, president and chief executive officer of Ho-Chunk Inc. Officials expect the permitting and licensing process for the temporary casino to take several months.
Casinos had been banned in Nebraska until voters approved a constitutional amendment in November to allow them.