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Let 'Em Roll! Baltimore's New Horseshoe Casino Will Open Ahead Of Schedule

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Construction on Baltimore's casino is now going nearly 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Thousands of people have applied for jobs.

Ron Matz reports the casino is moving closer to opening its doors.

From Sky Eye Chopper 13 you can see Baltimore's new casino taking shape along Russell Street.

Construction is now 24-7. The nearly half-billion dollar project is ahead of schedule and will open earlier than expected.

"It's a feverish pace down at the construction site right now. We're geared up to open in the month of August. We'll share an exact date in a couple of weeks," said Chad Barnhill, Horseshoe Casino general manager.

The two-story Horseshoe Casino will feature 2,500 slot machines, more than 100 table games and new restaurants.

More than 31,000 people have applied for the estimated 1,900 jobs.

"The most exciting part is that we're continuing to hire for all of our roles as well," Barnhill said. "We'll end up having between 1,700 and 1,900 jobs when we open our doors in August. A lot of that speaks to the dedication we have to customer service."

So how close is the new casino to M&T Bank Stadium? Very.

"It's exciting for us to be in this location. We're right next to M&T Bank Stadium. We think about the home football games they have every year. We almost have a Ravens walk on the south side of the stadium with our entertainment plaza," Barnhill said.

A new game is in town and it's now just about two months away.

"We have a 3,300 car parking garage that will be open on game days. It's a great opportunity not only for us, but obviously the consumer who's coming in for the football games, who's looking for another entertainment option," Barnhill said.

The project is also providing about 2,000 temporary construction jobs at the site in South Baltimore.

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