|Location||Fishtown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Address||1080 N. Delaware Ave.
|Opening date||September 23, 2010|
|No. of rooms||750 (in a future phase)|
|Total gaming space||45,000 sq ft (4,200 m2)|
|Owner||HSP Gaming, L.P.|
SugarHouse Casino is a casino entertainment development along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Fishtown neighborhood, one of five stand-alone casinos awarded a gaming license on December 20, 2006 by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. SugarHouse's first phase opened on September 23, 2010.
SugarHouse Casino was awarded a gaming license on December 20, 2006 by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, along with four others. Many neighborhood residents sought to prevent the development of the casino due to quality of life issues. Residents of the Fishtown neighborhood have taken the lead in the creation and leadership of the prominent anti-casino organizations, including Casino Free Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Neighborhood Alliance, and Neighbors Allied for the Best Riverfront. On the other side, Fishtown Action (FACT), the largest membership organization in the nearby community with over 600 members, has continuously supported the casino project.
The 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) casino complex is located on the 22-acre (8.9 ha) site of the former Jack Frost Sugar Refinery, hence the "SugarHouse" name. Phase I, estimated at $550 million, includes a state-of-the-art casino floor with 3,000 slot machines, and tables, along with a variety of retail and dining outlets. Future phases of the project include a 500-room hotel with health spa, a 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) event center, and expanded dining and retail facilities.
It is estimated that SugarHouse Casino will generate in excess of $1 billion in gaming taxes to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia over the first five years of operation.
On April 15, 2008, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court convened in Philadelphia to determine if the City of Philadelphia had the right to lease the land where the casino was to be located. The city's Mayor Nutter revoked the SugarHouse license in January, and the city's lawyers claimed the city never had the authority to issue the license in the first place. The owners of SugarHouse Casino argued that the city could not legally revoke a license to build on the riverbank. On August 22, 2008 the Supreme Court ruled that the permits were legal.
- The Refinery
- Jacks Sandwiches & Sweets
- Lucky Red Sports Bar
On September 23[year needed], SugarHouse casino announced an expansion of the casino floor, four more restaurants, a 500-space parking garage, and an expanded riverfront. The project is expected to be completed by spring of 2014.
- PA GAMING CONTROL BOARD APPROVES 11 PERMANENT OPERATOR LICENSES. Pgcb.state.pa.us (December 20, 2006). Retrieved on February 5, 2013.
- Philadelphia Gaming Advisory Task Force Final Report[dead link]
- Marcia Gelbart (January 24, 2008) Nutter revokes SugarHouse license. philly.com
- Court to hear SugarHouse casino land dispute[dead link]
- Mary Clair Dale; AP (April 15, 2008). "Pa. court weighs Philly waterfront casino license", International Business Times.
- "Sugarhouse Casino begins construction". whyy.org. October 9, 2009.
- Mark Abrahams (September 24, 2010). "SugarHouse Casino Opens For Business".
- Brian Krassenstein (September 23, 2010) SugarHouse Casino Opens in Philadelphia, Will it Kill Atlantic City?. Thenewsoftoday.com. Retrieved on February 5, 2013.
- Official Website
- Casino Free Philadelphia
- Fishtowners Against SugarHouse Takeover
- Neighbors Allied for the Best Riverfront
- Philadelphia Neighborhood Alliance