NORTHWOOD, Iowa (KTIV) – A pair of northwest Iowa casinos have been approved by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to remodel their gaming floor to allow for sports betting.
On Thursday the IRGC unanimously approved remodeling projects by the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City and Grand Falls Casino Resort.
In May, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law allowing sports betting to be legal in the state.
The bill allows for betting on professional, collegiate and international sporting events, along with legalizing fantasy sports contests and internet fantasy sports betting.
On Monday the Hard Rock will begin turning 400 square feet of space into a sports betting area.
“There will be additional meetings throughout the next couple of months prior to the implementation of sports betting, which we are looking to introduce to our patrons later this summer,” said Mike Adams, Director of Marketing and Hotel Operations at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City.
Grand Falls Casino announced work will begin at the end of this month on a $10 million expansion of a new hotel addition, RV park, Sportsbooks and entertainment venue.
The Sportsbook and entertainment venue at Grand Falls should be completed by August and cost $1.5 million. The current Show Lounge at Grand Falls will be converted into the sportsbook.
The hotel and RV park will begin construction in September, with a summer 2020 completion. Sixty-three hotel rooms will be added, with the RV park allowing 25 campsites.