Ohio casino to host preview event before opening

THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press Published:

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Officials behind Ohio's first casino are putting the finishing touches on a venture aimed at boosting Cleveland's economy.

Developers at the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland are hosting an invitation-only media preview Wednesday, just days before the casino's official opening.

The $350 million project is located in the city's old Higbee department store. Additional space will be added later in a second construction phase.

State regulators recently approved an operating license for the casino's owners, which include Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.

Four casinos are going up in Ohio following approval by voters in 2009. A Toledo casino will open in late May, followed by a casino in Columbus and one in Cincinnati.

Cleveland's casino will open Monday.