Reece Ristau Omaha World-Herald
OMAHA – Promoters of a plan to turn Omaha’s Horsemen’s Park into one of Nebraska’s premier casinos are counting on the city to shell out $ 17.5 million in tax incentives to bring the project to fruition.
A $ 220 million plan from WarHorse Gaming Omaha – a subsidiary of Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development arm of the Winnebago tribe of Nebraska – calls for a major renovation and expansion of the current Horsemen’s campus near 60th Streets and Q.
The project would create a “vibrant casino, racing and entertainment complex” that would include 1,200 slot machines, gaming tables and a stage for live performances, as well as a sports bar, dining hall, restaurant and entertainment center. cafe and a central bar, according to a city document.
Construction is expected to begin in mid-summer and could be completed by September 2022.
In November, about two-thirds of Nebraska voters approved constitutional amendments to allow casinos at the state’s six licensed racetracks and spend some of the money on a tax credit for landowners.
The election campaign was funded by Ho-Chunk, and its success paved the way for the group to pursue runway casinos in Lincoln, South Sioux City, and Omaha.