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The plans include restaurants, retail, an entertainment venue, outdoor balcony spaces and a state-of-the-art ventilation system. | Courtesy of Horseshoe Southern Indiana

Calling Horseshoe Southern Indiana “the boat” will soon be an outdated reference.

Caesars Entertainment Corp., which owns the Elizabeth, Ind.-based casino, received approval Tuesday to move Horseshoe Southern Indiana’s casino floor inland from the riverboat. The $85 million project will include building a 100,000-square-foot single-level facility with a casino, restaurants, entertainment venue and retail outlets.

“By moving the casino operations to a new building, we are able to give guests a fresh, new modern casino and an enhanced experience,” said Brad Seigel, senior vice president and general manager of the property, in a news release. “Integrating the food, entertainment and gaming outlets in one area builds upon the high-quality experience that guests expect from our property.”

The plans also include outdoor balcony spaces, a state-of-the-art ventilation system and windows to bring in natural light, as well as renovations to the existing meeting and convention space.

Seigel noted in the release that operations will continue as normal, and work on the new casino is expected to be completed in the next 18 months.

“We are proud of our 20-year history of operating in Indiana and the millions of dollars and hours of contributions we make to the local communities in which we work, live and play,” he said in the release. “This project further demonstrates our continued enthusiasm for and commitment to the state. We appreciate the commission’s decision today and look forward to continuing our positive working relationships at the state and local level.”

Seigel was referring to the Indiana Gaming Commission’s vote to approve the project Tuesday afternoon.

Horseshoe Southern Indiana opened in 1998 and has operated on a four-story riverboat ever since.

Caitlin Bowling

Caitlin Bowling

Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]