Colonial Downs held a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting at their newest Rosie’s Gaming Emporium site — in Vinton, just minutes from downtown Roanoke — on May 9th.
The Vinton Rosie’s is located at the same site as the former Colonial Downs Off Track Betting Center — off Route 24 west behind McDonalds at 1135 Vinyard Road. Live simulcast wagering will also be offered seven days and evenings per week.
A ribbon cutting kicked off festivities May 9th before crowds swarmed in to get their Players Cards and $10 “free play” vouchers.
This Rosie’s location will be open daily at 8 AM and will close at 2 AM Sunday thru Thursday and at 4 AM Friday and Saturday.
A crowd began lining up in the parking lot to try to be first in May 9th when doors opened at 11 AM. A third Rosie’s site will open in Richmond in late June followed by one in Hampton this fall.
At its final “preview” day on Wednesday May 8th, one lucky attendee hit an $18,000 jackpot at Rosie’s in Vinton.
Revenues generated thru HHR machines will enable the return of live thoroughbred horse racing to Virginia. A 15-day season will run this summer from August 8th thru September 7th at purse levels of $500,000 per day.
The Rosie’s Vinton site is part of a $300 million statewide investment the Colonial Downs Group is making. 160 employees have already been hired at Vinton with an average salary above $40,000.