Bally’s Kansas City Casino Expansion Staying On Track

Written By Nicholaus Garcia on March 21, 2023
Bally's Kansas City Missouri Casino Expansion

The $40 million land-based expansion of Bally’s Kansas City Casino is gaining steam. In doing so, work can begin on the Missouri casino interior.

According to Heather Cook-Osolnick, the property’s director of marketing operations, workers will make progress on the 35,596-square-foot retail and dining addition in early May. 

Missouri casino expansion underway

The Rhode Island-based casino operator announced the expansion and rebranding of Casino KC (formally the Isle of Capri) to Bally’s Kansas City Casino in 2021. 

The master plan includes the following:

  • Property expansion
  • New restaurants
  • More amenities
  • New retail offerings

In a statement, Michael Donovan, regional VP and general manager of Midwest properties with Bally’s Corp, said: “We are proud to transform our Bally’s Kansas City property into a best-in-class casino. We look forward to creating new excitement for our guests and introducing new amenities, dining and gaming experiences.”

The company also announced several new additions to the casino. Visitors will find:

  • 1800 Baccarat Lounge
  • The Celebrity Casino & Lounge
  • Bally’s Tiki Bar 
  • Chickie’s & Pete’s Crabhouse and Sports Bar
  • Sugar Factor

Bally’s might not be finished with expansion soon

In 2020, Bally’s paid $230 million to acquire the Missouri casino. And that included the Lady Luck Casino in Vicksburg, Mississippi, from Eldorado Resorts. 

Bally’s Kansas City currently features 50,000 square feet of gaming space, with nearly 900 slot machines and 24 table games. 

Data from the Missouri Gaming Commission shows that the casino welcomed 200,798 visitors. And it had $10.3 million in total adjusted gross revenue in February.

In January, Missouri’s gaming revenue was $153.7 million, up 5.7% from January 2022.

According to the Kansas City Bussiness Journal, a second development phase might also be in the works.

Potential plans include a seven-story, 150-room hotel, a 3,000-seat amphitheater and casino parking expansion. However, representatives from Bally’s declined to comment on future development plans. 

When the expansion was announced, Donovan said the casino was proud to be part of the downtown revitalization.

“We are improving the entire customer experience at [Bally’s Kansas City Casino] from the main entrance to destination dining opportunities, and are revitalizing the property to make our mark as Kansas City’s casino of choice. We are proud to be a part of the vibrant downtown Kansas City community, and our modern design will complement the scenic Berkley Riverfront.”

Photo by Bally's Kansas City / illustrated by PlayUSA
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Nick Garcia is a senior reporter for PlayUSA. Garcia provides analysis and in-depth coverage of the gambling industry with a key focus on online casinos, sports betting and financial markets. Garcia has been covering the US gambling market since 2017. He attended Texas Tech University as an undergrad and received a Master of Arts in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago.

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