Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
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|Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem|
The Sands Casino sign over the old ore crane of Bethlehem Steel.
|Address||77 Sands Blvd|
|Opening date||May 22, 2009|
|Number of rooms||302|
|Total gaming space||139,000 sq ft (12,900 m2)|
|Signature attractions||The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem|
|Owner||Las Vegas Sands|
|Previous names||Sands BethWorks (while in planning)|
|Renovated in||Casino floor expansion (late 2009-2010), Hotel (early 2011), Shopping mall (late 2011-2012)|
|Website||Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem|
The casino is owned, operated, and constructed by the Las Vegas Sands corporation. It is one of five stand-alone casinos that was awarded a slots license by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on December 20, 2006. The casino was slated to open in July 2008, but demolition took longer than expected due to the heavy concrete foundations of the old steel building. Its opening was delayed until the second quarter of 2009. The first concrete for the complex, which is located on the former Bethlehem Steel land on the South side of the city, was poured on November 15, 2007.
The casino opened May 22, 2009. In the winter of 2009-2010, the Casino was granted a license for table games which allowed the casino to expand to include 180 table games of Poker, Blackjack and Craps. Table games began operation on July 18, 2010. The Sands Hotel opened on May 27, 2011.
Since expansion in November 2009, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem features over 3,000 slot machines, 200 table games, and several electronic table games. While the Las Vegas Sands Corporation owns a number of properties, this is the only casino of the three the Corporation owns in the United States to carry the Sands brand in its name, since the original Las Vegas Sands was demolished and replaced with The Venetian, and the Sands Atlantic City was sold and demolished.
On May 27, 2011, the Sands Casino Hotel Bethlehem opened. It features 302 rooms, 22 suites, 12,000 square feet of meeting space, an indoor pool and a fitness center.
The hotel features these room types: Deluxe Queen Room, Deluxe King Room, Executive Suite, and Presidential Suite. There are 16 Executive suites and 6 Presidential suites.
Free parking is available in the surface lot next to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center or in the parking garage next to the casino.
Valet parking is available 7 days-a-week for an additional fee at the porte cochere at the casino main entrance and hotel lobby entrance.
- Burgers and More by Emeril (BAM)
- Carnegie Deli
- Steelworks Buffet & Grill
- Emeril's Chop House
- Emeril's Italian Table
- St. James Gate Irish Pub and Carvery
- The Market Gourmet Express Food Court, currently including: Bananas, GreenLeafs, South Philly Steaks & Fries, Villa Italian Kitchen, Mo Burger, Far East, Casa Java
- Joli Bakery & Cafe
- Coil Lounge
- Infusion Lounge
- Molten Lounge
- Vision Bar
The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem connects the casino and the hotel. The outlet center is located under the Minsi Trail Bridge. The mall has 133,000 sq ft (12,400 m2) of retail space. The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem opened on November 1, 2011.
The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem consists of 26 clothing, electronics, household, jewelry and specialty-item stores. Also included at The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem is Joli Bakery & Cafe, Europa Spa & Salon, and Kids Quest/Cyber Quest - a childcare and family entertainment center.
The Sands Bethlehem Event Center was designed by Howard Kulp Architects of Salisbury Township and features 14,000 sq ft (1,300 m2) of flexible multipurpose space which accommodates meetings, conventions and a variety of entertainment events. The Sands Bethlehem Event Center, which hosts A-list performers, comedians, internationally recognized DJ’s, boxing, MMA, trade shows, conferences, speaking engagements, and private functions, holds up to 2,250 seats or up to 3,500 people standing.
Constructed in May 2014, the mezzanine level added 158 additional seats and 150 feet of additional space to the Event Center.
Located next to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center is Vision Bar, which is regarded as one of the most popular nightclubs in the Lehigh Valley.
The Sands Casino hosts the yearly Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival. The festival is held every year at the end of May/early June and benefits the culinary and hospitality program at Northampton Community College. The hotel also has 5,000 sq ft (460 m2). of meeting space with 3,000 sq ft (280 m2) of prefunction and exhibition space.
Sands spent $26 million to add these 119 games: 41 blackjack tables, four craps, four roulette, four three-card poker, five mini-baccarat, four midi-baccarat, four pai gow, one Big Six, two Let It Ride, two Caribbean stud, four Texas Hold'em Bonus, one Casino War, one sic bo and 12 poker tables. There is also a 30-table poker room. Table games began operation on July 18, 2010.
- Darrow, Chuck (November 1, 2011). "Sands opens shopping mall". The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia). Retrieved November 4, 2011.
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