Philadelphia’s planning commission has approved the construction of the Live! Hotel & Casino, which will be located within walking distance of the city’s football stadium, ballpark and arena.

The project still needs final approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

The casino is slated to have 2,000 slot machines and more than 125 table games. A 19-story boutique hotel with spa is planned.

The developers are Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. and Greenwood Racing. Cordish developed Philadelphia’s Xfinity Live! entertainment/dining district, which also is near the pro sports venues. Greenwood owns Parx Casino & Racing in Bensalem, a Philadelphia suburb. That casino opened in 2006.

Philadelphia’s first casino, the SugarHouse Casino, opened in 2010.

The Harrah’s Philadelphia, a racino that opened in 2007, is in nearby Chester, Pa. Valley Forge Casino Resort opened in 2012 in Upper Merion Township, also a Philadelphia suburb.


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