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Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
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The Sands Casino sign over the old ore crane of Bethlehem Steel.
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is located in Pennsylvania
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Pennsylvania
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is located in the US
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem (the US)
Location Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Address 77 Sands Blvd
Opening dateMay 22, 2009; 9 years ago (May 22, 2009)
No. of rooms302
Total gaming space139,000 sq ft (12,900 m2)
Signature attractions
Notable restaurants
  • Emeril's Chop House
  • St. James Gate Irish Pub and Carvery
Casino typeLand-Based
OwnerLas Vegas Sands
ArchitectRTKL Associates
Previous namesSands BethWorks (while in planning)
Renovated inCasino floor expansion (late 2009-2010), Hotel (early 2011), Shopping mall (late 2011-2012)
Coordinates40°36′53″N 75°21′33″W / 40.6148°N 75.3591°W / 40.6148; -75.3591Coordinates: 40°36′53″N 75°21′33″W / 40.6148°N 75.3591°W / 40.6148; -75.3591
WebsiteSands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Construction of the casino at the defunct Bethlehem Steel site, with an original ore crane pictured
Sands Casino Resort

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is a hotel and casino located in the Bethlehem Works development site in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania, in the United States.

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.[1] 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.[2] Table games began operation on July 18, 2010. The Sands Hotel opened on May 27, 2011. The Sands Bethlehem was the only property in the company to end 2014 with a profit, doing better than Sands' Vegas and Asia properties.


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 Hotel was demolished and replaced with The Venetian, and the Sands Atlantic City was sold and demolished. In November, 2016 Sands Bethlehem announced a planned expansion of the gaming floor to also include two additional restaurants.

In March 2018, it was announced that the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem would be sold to Wind Creek Hospitality for $1.3 billion.[3][4] Wind Creek Hospitality has plans for a $190 million expansion to the property that would add a 300-room hotel and possibly an indoor water park.[5]


  • Buddy V's
  • Burgers and More by Emeril (BAM)
  • Carlo's Bake Shop (also known as Carlo's Bakery)
  • Chopstick
  • Croissanterie
  • Emeril's Chop House
  • Emeril's Fish House
  • Steelworks Buffet & Grill
  • The Market Gourmet Express Food Court, currently including:
    • Bananas
    • Casa Java
    • Far East
    • GreenLeafs
    • Mo Burger
    • South Philly Steaks & Fries
    • Villa Italian Kitchen


  • Coil Lounge
  • Vision Bar


The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem

The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem is an indoor shopping mall that connects the casino and the hotel.[6] The outlet center, which opened on November 1, 2011 and is located under the Minsi Trail Bridge, comprises 133,000 sq ft (12,400 m2) of retail space and includes a food court, near the casino entrance.


Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival[edit]

The hotel hosts the yearly Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival, held at the end of May/early June to benefit the culinary and hospitality program at Northampton Community College.[7]

Sands Bethlehem Event Center[edit]

The Sands Bethlehem Event Center was designed by Howard Kulp Architects of Salisbury Township. The event center features 14,000 sq ft (1,300 m2) of flexible multipurpose space, which accommodates meetings, conventions, and a variety of entertainment events.[8][9] The venue can house 3,800 in a general admission setting and 2,500 in a reserved seating setting.[10] Operated by Live Nation Mid-Atlantic, it was opened on May 16, 2012, with a concert by Incubus.[11] Janet Jackson performed to a sold-out crowd at the venue in November 2017 for her State of the World Tour.[12] Britney Spears performed at the venue in July 2018 on her Piece of Me tour.[13]

Vision Bar[edit]

Vision Bar, located next to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, is a popular nightclub.[citation needed]

Gaming tables[edit]

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.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PA Gaming Control Board Approval" (PDF). PA Gaming Control Board. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  2. ^ "PA Gaming Control Board Renews Slots License For Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem - Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board". Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  3. ^ Radzievich, Jon Harris, Nicole. "Sands Bethlehem casino to be sold to Alabama Indian tribe for $1.3 billion". Lehigh Valley Business Cycle. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  4. ^ "Las Vegas Sands selling Bethlehem casino for $1.3 billion". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  5. ^ Backover, Justin; Lewis, Will (January 15, 2019). "Sands Bethlehem expansion plans include 300-room hotel, possible water park". Allentown, PA: WFMZ-TV. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  6. ^ Darrow, Chuck (November 1, 2011). "Sands opens shopping mall". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  7. ^ "Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Fesitval". Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival Website. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  8. ^ "Venue - Sands Bethlehem Event Center". Sands Bethlehem Event Center. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  9. ^ "Sands Event Center to expand, with new balcony, before 2nd anniversary | Howard Kulp Architects". Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  10. ^ Moser, John J. (February 12, 2012). "Sands Bethlehem Event Center: Here's what it looks like, what's ahead, and why it will succeed". The Morning Call. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  11. ^ Olanoff, Lynn (May 16, 2012). "Sands Bethlehem Event Center holds grand opening before Incubus concert". The Express-Times. Advance Publications. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  12. ^ Moser, John (November 10, 2017). "Janet Jackson seeks respect, wins with hits, at Sands Bethlehem Event Center". The Morning Call. Retrieved November 13, 2018. But it also wasn’t a surprise when, after all that, Jackson told the sold-out crowd, “Get the point? Good, let’s dance,” and spent most of the rest of the 34-song show doing a litany of hits.
  13. ^ Moser, John J. (July 18, 2018). "Britney Spears' Vegas-style show borders on boring at Sands". The Morning Call. Allentown, PA. Retrieved 2018-07-20.

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