BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The ground has been broken and now things will soon get vertical as Horseshoe Casino enters its next phase of construction.

Primary foundation work and utility installations are underway on the $442 million casino site and preparations are being made to lay the garage’s elevated parking decks.

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“It’s all about getting vertical at this point,” said Horseshoe Baltimore Senior Vice President and General Manager Chad Barnhill. “On the casino site, we’re continuing to work on the underground services and elevator and escalator pits so that we can begin framing out the building. Across Warner Street, at the garage site, we’re installing the columns that will support the elevated parking decks. Overall, we’re very pleased with the pace of progress and can’t wait to open our doors to the public next year.”

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Horseshoe Baltimore is located along Russell Street on Baltimore’s south side.

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When complete, the full-service casino will house 2,500 video lottery terminals, 100 table games and a 30-table World Series of Poker-branded poker room amid 122,000 square feet of gaming space.