DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — The Golden Nugget Casino is now fully open for business in Danville.
It’s been more than two months since the doors opened after the Illinois Gaming Board issued a temporary permit. But the soft opening phase is now over with the grand opening on Friday.
The casino hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony, complete with speeches and, in one of the biggest moments, the presentation of a $1 million check to the Boys and Girls Club.
James Lamond of Danville Development said the Bouys and Girls Club is near and dear to his heart.
“The Boys and Girls Club does such good work here in Danville that we wanted to be a part of that mission,” he said.
Susan Drake, a casino customer, said the casino is something positive in the community.
“My favorite part about the casino is that they are very supportive of the community,” Susan Drake said. “And I think that it will bring people into our community and help the revenue of restaurants and hotels.”
Drake was one of the many people who showed up as early as an hour before the casino oppened. They wanted to the be the first people through the doors.
“We got up early and came and we here probanly at about 10:30,” Drake said. “And then we sat and watched the ceremony.”
She said this wasn’t her first go-around with the Golden Nugget.
“My favorite part of being at the casino is seeing all the people having fun, having activities and things to do around the casino,” Drake said.
The casino can now operate with full hours and start doing promotions on the floor.