Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Casino Opening Delayed Four Days

The Rivers Casino has asked for a four-day delay in its opening date and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control board has agreed. Rivers President Ed Fasulo says his management team was thinking about the delay for the last few weeks and then made the request after a storm sewer break damaged 45 slot machines beyond repair. Fasulo says the heavy rains last week backed up all of the storm sewers in the area and the backpressure caused a pipe joint to break sending water into an area being used to store the machines. As the construction was nearing completion it became clear that the extra days would be needed. Fasulo says, “A lot of systems are being installed, there is a lot of connectivity involved and you want to have a good comfort level that we can get things done and in compliance with everything [the Gaming Control Board] needs and we thought it was prudent to ask for four more days.” Fasulo says putting a finer point on a completion date on a project when it is nearing the end is not unusual. The Rivers Casino will now hold test days Aug. 5 and Aug. 7 with a public opening August 9.

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