The Indiana Gaming Commission will hold a meeting this month and discuss the fate of the Tropicana Evansville moving to land. The riverboat casino is currently docked on the Ohio River and plans to move ashore into a facility with a $50 million price tag. The casino must have the commission’s approval for the revised lease of the Tropicana within the city of Evansville as well as have approval to move to the facility on land from the riverboat location.
The commission is set to meet on the 24th of February and all is set to be discussed on the agenda during the meeting. Tropicana will send representatives to the meeting to provide a presentation to members of the commission, according to the general manager of the casino, John Chaszar.
In 2015, lawmakers of Indiana passed legislation to allow casinos to move from their riverboat locations to land if permission was given by the commission. The Tropicana is slated to be the first to go through the evaluation process to move to land. The Tropicana currently plans to demo the ‘Maple’ wing of their executive conference center inside the casino complex, losing the meeting space but creating a larger overall venue. The casino would be located between the Tropicana hotel and the Le Merigot.