Bye Bye Riverboat: New Tropicana to Open October 20

For more than 20 years it has floated on the banks of the Ohio River, calling Evansville home. The days aboard the old boat are numbered.

Tropicana’s Riverboat will give way to a new land-based casino set to open October 20. The boat only has a month left before it floats away for scrap.

“Many hours of planning and effort have gone into this,” says Tropicana General Manager, John Chaszar. “I’m proud to say we’re ahead of schedule.”

There aren’t many more hands to deal or slots to win. A casino twice the boat’s size, costing $50 million, will open across the street.

In the 1990s, Casino Aztar was the first to open in Indiana and now Tropicana will be the first casino built on solid ground.

Chaszar thanks state legislators for allowing land-based casinos in 2015. “Boats don’t last forever, eventually they have to be replaced,” he says, “this brings us to an even playing field with our competitors in our neighboring states.”

The Riverboat’s last day is October 16 to give the casino a few days to move machines and tables. Chaszar says the new casino will be filled with many of the existing equipment and 3 new restaurants, including The Deli, The Tap House, and 421 Lounge.

The Pavilion’s future isn’t as bright as the lights that are sure to shine on Riverside Drive. Max & Erma’s and Hoosiers Lounge will close permanently on October 15. Cavanaugh’s will remain open with its normal hours.

Chaszar says the casino is exploring ways to use the Pavilion space for events and have already booked several weddings as it is. “We’re looking to 2018 to renovate it,” he says.

There’s still plenty of work to finish inside. It opens in 44 days.


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