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Proposed bill could mean satellite campus for Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack

A bill proposed in the West Virginia legislature could mean some changes for Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.

A bill proposed in the West Virginia legislature could mean some changes for Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.

Sports betting became legal in West Virginia in the last year. Now the legislature is looking at different ways to create satellite campuses for different casinos across the state.

“It is a reason to help us try to generate more, not only for the state but for the counties and cities we operate in,” said Kim Florence, president and general manager.

This could be a big deal for Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, which, because of location, has to deal with issues of flooding, and soon, heavy construction.

“We obviously have challenges and threats with flooding, that even unfortunately last year caused us to close twice,” Florence said. “We also know there's impending road construction and bridge work that's going to happen over the next 2-3 years, and it's a proactive way to protect the revenues.”

But this would not affect the city of Wheeling or the island. The casino won’t move or close.

The main campus would remain, there would just be the opportunity for a small version elsewhere in the county.

“It is truly a destination, and I think that is truly the important part of what this is. This bill only provides us with an extension of this existing property, and it can't even happen without having this home base on the island.”

This bill still has a lot of moves to make to come into effect.

But if it passes, it could mean major increases in revenue and amenities for all the casinos and racetracks in the state.

“We've talked a lot about additional amenities and how that can help our industry grow and thrive for long term success,” Florence said.

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