A two-story casino with 3,750 slot machines — the state’s second largest — would open its doors in Baltimore by the end of 2013, under a pitch made to a state commission Monday by the only current bidder for the license.
Under the plan, Harrah’s Baltimore, just south of M&T Bank Stadium, where the NFL’s Ravens play, would also include a 125-seat steakhouse and a Baltimore-themed sports bar, part of a desire to create “connectivity” with the city.
“We’re excited about the market, so we’d like to go as quickly as possible,” said Trevor Busche, vice president for corporate development for Caesars Entertainment, the world’s largest casino operator, whose brands include Harrah’s.
The state commission that picks Maryland’s slots sites is expected to spend the next few months vetting the proposal. The Baltimore site is one of two locations authorized by state voters in 2008 that remain without operators.
The commission rejected a previous bid for the site after the developer struggled to demonstrate its ability to finance the project.
Caesars emerged as the only bidder in a new round of bidding that concluded in September. Monday marked the first time the applicant offered detailed plans for the site in a public setting.
Caesars said that it plans to invest $310 million in the Baltimore casino and that it would create 1,225 jobs.