Business and Economy
10:34 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Millennium Gaming Unveils New Plan For Rockingham Park

Millennium Gaming co-CEO Bill Wortman explains the company's updated plan for Rockingham Park.
Credit Amanda Loder

After first proposing a $450 million dollar casino at Rockingham Park, Millennium Gaming is now proposing a complex costing, in their words, “north of $600 million.”  The redesigned project was unveiled at a Town Hall meeting last night in Salem.

Under the new plan, Rockingham Park would be a full-scale destination resort.  A hotel, spa, convention center, events venue, outdoor festival space--and, of course, the racetrack and casino itself.  This is the second proposed redesign of Rockingham Park.  

Millennium co-CEO Bill Wortman said Massachusetts legalizing casinos dramatically changed the market.

“It’s designed to be competitive with anything they build in Massachusetts.  And we know they’re going to build something within the Eastern Zone, but this property will be just as nice as that,” Wortman said.

His presentation at Rockingham Park drew a standing room only crowd.  Most attendees seemed to be strong supporters of bringing a casino to the area.  That reflects the town’s recent 80 percent vote in favor of a casino.  

If New Hampshire expands gaming, Wortman estimated the updated project could be completed in about 18 months.