Cordish casino opens

The Cordish Company today opened a temporary casino on the grounds of Indiana Downs, about 20 miles southeast of Indianapolis, Ind.

Cordish also is part of a group, with the Hard Rock franchise, bidding to operate a state-owned casino at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., that would be the nation’s fourth Hard Rock resort casino.

In Indiana, competing Hoosier Park, about 25 miles northeast of Indianapolis opened its casino on the grounds last Monday.

Cordish in January expects to open its sprawling, 233,000-square-foot permanent Indiana Live Casino connected to the Indiana Downs clubhouse.

The facility will offer slots and electronic gaming devices only, plus live and simulcasting horse racing at Indiana Downs and upscale dining and nightlife destinations, including Maker’s Mark Steakhouse, NASCAR Sports Grille, a Live Market international dining outlet and Angels Rock Bar.

Cordish’s gaming operations are headed by chief executive and partner Dennis Gomes, a gaming industry veteran as both a state regulator and casino operator.

Cordish also is the developer and manager of Kansas City’s downtown Power & Light District.