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May 3, 2013

Rocky Gap building a new events center

ROCKY GAP — In addition to all the activities associated with Rocky Gap’s effort to open its casino May 22, the resort has undertaken two major construction projects to increase parking and to expand its gathering space for meetings and functions.

With 200 guest rooms, the Rocky Gap Casino Resort, possibly the only casino in a state park in the country, will have 550 slot machines, 10 gaming tables, four restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, an indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center and a spa.

Beginning the week of May 6, they will also break ground on the construction of an events center behind the lodge facing Lake Habeeb. The center will add 13,000 square feet of gathering space through a large main room and several additional meeting rooms.

While initial reports had two restaurants planned for the resort, there will actually be four.

“One of the entrances into the event center will be through the Burger Lounge,” said Scott Just, the resort’s general manager, during a media day event on Friday.

The four restaurants will be: The Burger Lounge, The Lakeside Restaurant, A Little Munch, and Signatures Bar and Grill.

The 10 gaming tables will include blackjack, roulette, craps, Mississippi Stud Poker and three-card stud.

The video lottery terminals will have games based on Wheel of Fortune, Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers, Aladdin and more.

The rooms, as well as most of the entire facility, have been newly painted and had new furniture installed.

Signature’s Bar and Grill has been updated as well with several new televisions including a 6-by-9 foot wall screen TV.

“We really want Signatures to be the locals sports bar,” said Just.

“We put in a video wall and direct TV and 12 different draft beers. The prices are reasonable and we will have special nights with wings and ladies nights. We want to embrace the local people,” said Just.

The resort has also made updates to its golfing experience. The golf course was shut down over the winter to do chemical and fertilizer treatments, according to Just.

“We wanted to get it ready and let it repair itself and keep it protected through the winter,” said Just.

The spa will feature massages, facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures. Luxury suites facing Lake Habeeb are also available.

More information on Rocky Gap can be obtained online at rockygapresort.com or by calling 800-724-0828.

An open house will be held today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where people can see the new lobby. They may also sign up for the rewards club to receive special offers. The casino will not be open during the open house.

Greg Larry can be contacted at glarry@times-news.com

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