sports complex

In today's Inquirer, we learned about another potential location for Philadelphia's second casino. Last summer, we suggested the Sports Complex as a location that could work for this (not really welcome, but what can we do) casino. And it seems that Stadium Casino LLC agrees with us.

Proposed site

The folks behind the Parx Casino in Bensalem are partnering with Cordish Companies, the folks who own Xfinity Live! with a plan to build a $500M casino hotel at the site of the Holiday Inn that's just to the north of Citizens Bank Park. This project would include a 200,000 sqft casino with 2,000 slot machines and 125 table games, as well as a pool, a spa, a music venue, restaurants, and a 2,500 spot parking garage. The 240-room hotel building would remain, but it would be renovated into a new, upscale concept.

Last summer, we told you about Philly Live!, the entertainment complex being built down by the stadiums, next to where the Spectrum once stood. At the time, construction had just begun, and the anticipated completion date was April 5th, opening day for our beloved Phillies.

Last June

Amazingly, the construction process for this project, since renamed Xfinity Live!, has gone Xtremely smoothly. It's set to open next week, a full week before it was supposed to open.

Recent shot

On March 28th and 29th, Xfinity Live! will be open Xclusively to people holding tickets to the Bruce Springsteen shows at the Wells Fargo Center. On the 30th, Xfinity Live! will open to the general public, and will highlight the evening with a free concert by Third Eye Blind (only because Matchbox Twenty had a prior engagement).