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OLG pushing for bigger casino in Niagara Falls

Wants a new enertainment centre and triple the space...

Ontario Lottery and Gaming wants to more than triple the size of its casino operations in Niagara Falls with a new entertainment centre.

The government-run agency has put out a request for information from companies to build a 5,000-seat ``privately funded multipurpose entertainment centre'' that is larger than either Casino Windsor or Casino Rama near Orillia.

OLG currently operates two casinos in Niagara Falls with a maximum capacity of 1,500 seats, compared with 5,000 seats at the two other casinos. 

In a news release, OLG says non-gaming facilities such as the entertainment venue being considered for Niagara Falls are becoming core amenities for gamblers.

It says such a centre in Niagara Falls could help increase business for OLG, help create jobs and economic development and increase tourism.

OLG is asking companies to identify and recommend possible locations, as well as what factors the agency should consider with respect to a location such as being connected to a casino and parking.

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  1. Frankie posted on 12/12/2013 09:54 PM
    There are 2 casinos in Niagara Falls, both losing money. Across the border they have their own casinos and the Canadian dollar is less attractive to Americans so less tourism which means fewer patrons in the casinos.

    This is a typical government make work project that will lose hundreds of millions of dollars.

    The only place a casino this size belongs is in the GTA, with half the population of Ontario within a short distance.

    Anything else is just another boondoggle. Let's hope it doesn't get approved.
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