Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway

A group of Siouxland leaders are scheduled to take a bus trip Saturday to tour Penn National Gaming Co.'s the $411 million Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway.

Penn, which also owns the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino, has proposed a similar Hollywood-themed casino at one of two different sites in Woodbury County. The Hollywood theme combines a 1930s art deco decor  with movie posters and multiple video screens that show clips of classic films and trailers of the latest releases.

Among the local leaders headed to KC Saturday are members of the Greater Siouxland Improvement Association, the newly-formed nonprofit group that is applying with Penn for a state gaming license to open a $160 million Hollywood Casino in downtown Sioux City or a $167 million Hollywood Casino at a rural site near the Port Neal exit of Interstate 29.

The $411 million Kansas City, Kan. Hollywood Casino, which opened in February, overlooks Turn 2 of the NASCAR track. The first Kansas casino is a partnership between Penn and International Speedway Corp., which owns and operates the speedway.

The casino, which employs more than 1,000, is expected to draw about 4 million guests annually, with an estimated $220 million in annual economic benefits.

During Saturday's trip, the delegation also will stop to see Penn's Argosy Casino & Spa, located on the Missouri side of the Kansas City metro area.

I will be along for the ride Saturday. Follow me on Twitter @scjdaved and online at www.siouxcityjournal.com for reports.

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