Horseshoe Baltimore undergoing renovation to get sportsbook, brewpub and more

Horseshoe Baltimore undergoing renovation to get sportsbook, brewpub and more

Horseshoe Baltimore, the second largest casino in Maryland with a 122K-sq.-ft. gaming floor, has announced that its first floor is undergoing a major renovation to ensure a completely new experience for visitors.

Owned by Caesars Entertainment, Horseshoe Baltimore will offer a state-of-the-art sportsbook as well as new brewpub once the ongoing renovation completes. Promising an “immersive” entertainment environment, the operator revealed that the first floor will also get a sports bar, slot machines and table games.

The Caesars Sportsbook, which is currently under an early phase of construction, will serve as a focal point of the new casino entry. It will be adjacent to The Brew Brothers brewpub eatery. The new brewpub will offer beers from four local breweries. Horseshoe Baltimore senior vice president and general manager, Randy Conroy, said they decided to add a brewpub eatery as no sportsbook can completely entertain gamers without good food and drinks.

When asked for a comment, Conroy said, “No sportsbook is complete without great food and drinks. As sports wagering is approved in Maryland, the addition of The Brew Brothers sports bar and restaurant will make the Horseshoe the best place in the region for guests to catch their favorite games.”

Horseshoe Baltimore opened its doors to the public in August 2014, but it has largely failed to satisfy its owners and investors. As it is located between Baltimore’s two professional sports betting venues, viz. Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Ravens M&T Bank Stadium, many potential customers opt not to visit it. But, Caesars Entertainment continues to show its bullishness in reversing Horseshoe Baltimore’s fortunes. The Las Vegas-headquartered casino operator holds a 76% stake in the property.

In addition to renovating Horseshoe Baltimore, the operator is boosting its portfolio by purchasing vacant properties to create a more appealing pedestrian strip to the casino. It is already working on a number of projects in the four-block area, including an outdoor Top golf facility, a 4,000-seat concert venue called Paramount, retail shopping, and a transit hub.

In Maryland, sports betting gained legal status following a successful ballot referendum approved by voters in November last year. Subsequently in May this year, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed the sports betting bill, officially legalizing the controversial activity. Now, the Maryland Lottery Commission is reviewing applications from a number of entities that are in the race for sportsbook licenses.