Larchwood, Iowa — More details have been released about what we now know will be a $10 million expansion at Grand Falls Resort & Casino near Larchwood.
Casino officials had told us that they would be making some changes on the casino floor to accommodate what they’re calling their “sports book” — the area where sports bets will be able to be placed, and people can watch their favorite sports on TVs. Legislation signed into law this year by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds made sports betting legal in Iowa.
Now, casino officials are telling us that in addition to that project, they’re also going to add additional hotel rooms. Grand Falls General Manager Sharon Haselhoff tells us about it.
She says that the new on-floor entertainment space will be a little more intimate, so some acts that used to play there will now play in the event center space instead. According to Haselhoff, they hope the sports betting area will open toward the end of August or beginning of September.
Haselhoff tells us about the hotel expansion — which, money-wise is actually the bigger project.
Grand Falls opened in June 2011 after Lyon County’s citizens approved a measure to allow gaming facilities in the county in September of 2008.