Horseshoe Southern Indiana will open its new facility as Caesars Southern Indiana. | Courtesy of Horseshoe Southern Indiana

After teasing Louisville residents with quirky billboards and social media posts using the hashtag #WeAreCaesar these last few weeks, Horseshoe Southern Indiana announced on Wednesday that its forthcoming land-based casino in Elizabeth, Ind., will open as Caesars Southern Indiana.

The 100,000-square-foot, $85 million casino project, which is already underway, is supposed to open near the end of 2019 as a casino only, with restaurants and other businesses that are part of the concept to follow in early 2020. It will be part of the internationally known Caesars Entertainment brand.

The announcement was made at a news conference at the casino site Wednesday morning.

The new casino will include a number of features, such as a wide variety of real slot machines, plus table games and poker. Volt Lounge will feature craft cocktails and live entertainment, and Juno Bar will be another lounge area in the center of the gaming floor, with a circle of flatscreen TVs over the bar.

Construction on the new gaming complex is underway. | Courtesy of Horseshoe Southern Indiana

There also will be a VIP lounge that includes an outdoor balcony, as well as an additional gaming area with a private parlor.

The casino will include Sportsbook access for on-site betting on sports, and non-smokers will have a dedicated gaming area where smoking is prohibited.

By early 2020, a dining area will open called Piazza, which will have five restaurants. There also will be major renovations to existing meeting and convention areas.

Other previously reported enhancements include outdoor balcony spaces, a state-of-the-art ventilation system and windows to bring in natural light.

“When guests visit our casino, it will be an entirely new experience,” said Horseshoe Southern Indiana Senior Vice President and General Manager Brad Seigel in a news release. “Enhancements to the guest experience will include many new sights and sounds, but what will be familiar to them is our friendly team members, always ready to make their visit memorable.”

The floating casino was dry-docked last August to make way for construction on the new facility. However, gaming operations have continued during construction.

Horseshoe Southern Indiana opened in 1998 and has operated as a four-story riverboat since that time.

This post has been updated with the correct city name of Elizabeth, Ind.

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