Virginia’s 1st casino opens in Bristol in temporary space

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s first casino has opened for business in a temporary space inside a former Bristol shopping mall.

The Bristol Casino will be open 24/7, offering 870 slots, 21 tables and a sportsbook.

TV station WDBJ reports a line of customers wrapped around the building as they waited for Friday’s grand opening. Developers plan to open a $400 million resort and Hard Rock casino in 2024, employing 1,200 people.

The temporary location has 600 employees. It’s the first to open in the state under a 2020 law that allowed developers to build casinos in five cities if they secured voter approval.

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