Kimberly Florence, Wheeling Island Gaming Center
(Wheeling, WV – June 27, 2007) -- Wheeling Island Racetrack & Gaming Center’s President and General Manager, Bob Marshall, along with local dignitaries and community leaders officially opened the gaming center’s new Compass Room and renovated racetrack apron with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Compass Room is a gaming floor expansion project that added nearly 12,000 square feet of gaming excitement and relocated 400 slot machines, including 135 new slot machine titles, out of the lower level gaming area within the flood plain. The racetrack apron is a renovation project that resurfaced the existing apron with colorful decorative stone and concrete, fencing, beautiful landscaping and elevated outdoor seating areas for spectators.
The expansion project totaling $8 million was a Project BEST construction site.
“We are excited to officially open two new areas of our gaming facility,” states Bob Marshall, President & General Manager. “Our Compass Room offers 12,000 square feet of gaming excitement and our racetrack apron offers a beautiful area to watch and wager on the best greyhound racing in the country.”
Since 2003, Wheeling Island has competed three expansion projects. In June 2003, Wheeling Island opened its $68 million hotel expansion adding a new gaming floor with 570 slot machines, 151-room deluxe hotel, 550-seat showroom, conference facilities, The Pointe Restaurant, Breezeway Café and food court.
In March 2005, Wheeling Island underwent a $1 million renovation to its popular Islander Buffet adding four action stations, 125 additional seats and video lottery bar. In December 2005, Starbucks was added to the food court amenities.
Wheeling Island Racetrack & Gaming Center offers over 2,400 slot machines, 151-room deluxe hotel, live greyhound racing, four restaurants, food court, 550-seat showroom, meeting and banquet facilities, gift shop and fitness center. Wheeling Island provided over $121 million in taxes to the State of West Virginia in 2006 and employs nearly 950 associates with $21.4 million in total payroll. For more information, visit online at www.wheelingisland.com.
Wheeling Island Gaming, Inc. owns and operates Wheeling Island Racetrack & Gaming Center, a premier gaming and entertainment complex located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is the largest operation of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, Inc.
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International, TD Banknorth Garden, and American Park ‘n Swap. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States approaching $2 billion in annual revenue and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.