The clock is ticking, and teams of construction workers are busy building the new Hollywood Park Casino (HPC), due to open this fall. The new and improved gambling spot will replace the one at Century Blvd. and Prairie Ave., which officially brought Blackjack and other card club games to Inglewood in 1994.
The old casino was a welcome addition to the Hollywood Park Race Track, which eventually closed in 2013. The racetrack, which was run by Warner Bros. film studio executive Jack L. Warner, was a magnet for Hollywood celebrities from 1938 to the 1980s.
The new casino will be the first completed structure to occupy the massive 298-acre site, which will eventually house the Los Angeles Rams NFL stadium, retail and entertainment venues, upscale housing, a hotel and multiple parks. The casino itself will sit on nearly 11 acres and directly face Century Blvd.
Once completed, card players will have 35 more gaming tables to choose from, including Blackjack, Baccarat and Texas Hold’em. Other amenities include simulcast wagering, a sports bar and restaurant (Century Bar & Grill), an intimate lounge, and gourmet café. A four-story parking structure with 1,600 spots is being built next to the casino.
The new and improved casino will retain some elements of the original casino, with a more modern look, composed of a large glass entrance and a digital sign. Designers are aiming for more luxurious surrounding, along with safety and convenience.
"HPC and our other projects will breathe new life into our great city,” Mayor James Butts said. “Along with the future home of the NFL's Los Angeles Rams, HPC and the many new businesses coming to Inglewood will bring with them new jobs, increased revenue and beautiful new properties for residents and visitors to enjoy, while not using any tax dollars or public funding for any of the construction."
Meanwhile, the existing casino remains open for business 24/7.