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Boyd Gaming to spend $45m for Louisiana race track expansion

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Boyd Gaming to spend $45m for Louisiana race track expansionBoyd Gaming Corporation has announced its $45m expansion plans for Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel in Vinton, Louisiana.

Boyd Gaming plans to redesign all 200 existing rooms at the property, which is set for completion in 2016, to provide a new look and feel to the hotel. In addition the company will be adding a new hotel tower, featuring 167 additional guest rooms and suites.

Aside from the hotel, Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel will redesign its food and beverage facilities, as well as expand its special events center to better accommodate meeting and banquet functions.

“Delta Downs is extremely popular with our guests, and demand exceeds what we can accommodate with our current facility,” said Boyd Gaming President and CEO Keith Smith. “With 370 rooms and suites, Delta Downs will be better positioned to meet this growing demand, giving us the opportunity to extend our unique brand of hospitality to more visitors than ever before.”

“With our new amenities, we’ll be giving our guests more options to enjoy, and more reasons to visit,” Smith said.  “And by creating a broader entertainment experience, we are confident we’ll attract many new guests to the new Delta Downs.”

The design is being completed, with construction slated to start in September.

“Delta Downs is one of our Company’s strongest performing properties, serving one of the most economically vibrant regions of the country,” Smith added. “This project is consistent with our ongoing strategy of diversifying and strengthening our non-gaming amenities, and we believe it will deliver a solid return on investment for our shareholders.”

The news follows Boys Gaming’s announcement earlier this month, pledging $2.5m to support the expansion of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Boyd Gaming has been a partner of the UNLV for decades and its pledge will further elevate the university’s program to attract students who will become future leaders of the gaming industry. The company and its senior executives have contributed to numerous university initiatives over the last 40 years, including a $30 million personal donation from Executive Chairman Bill Boyd to found the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV.  Additionally, the home stadium of UNLV’s football team is named after Company co-founder Sam Boyd.

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