David Cordish hopes Marylanders wary of his plans for a casino at Arundel Mills mall will be seduced by the extravagant refinement of Indiana Live!, his firm’s first developed-and-operated casino, where the Baltimore builder presided over a glittery grand opening Friday night.
A capacity crowd of 8,000 jammed the casino floor for hours. They stood in winding lines for access to corporate-branded restaurants such as a Maker’s Mark steakhouse and glitzy nightclubs designed for the 233,000-square-foot facility, and clogged the highway in and out of
Hundreds more stood outside in frigid temperatures for hours, determined to gain entry to the casino appointed with opulent touches like a white onyx bar and private lounges for big spenders. Night life promoter G.T. Pollard of
Shelbyville Mayor Scott A. Furgeson, whose area has been hit hard by auto industry layoffs, said the $225 million casino is now the biggest employer in town.