. . above: main entrance to [L] del Lago Casino; [R] Rivers Casino Schenectady
Driving back to Schenectady the day after Easter, I noticed that del Lago Resort & Casino is located right at Exit 41 of the New York Thruway, at Waterloo, NY, in Seneca County. Having only seen renderings of del Lago, when concluding it looked considerably more attractive than Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor, I thought I’d take the opportunity to stretch my legs and take a few photos of the exterior of del Lago in the brick-and-mortar world.
. . above: rear of del Lago Hotel and side entrance of Casino
You can judge for yourself from the two collages below (click on each for larger versions), one of which concentrates on the Casinos and one on the Hotels and Parking Ramps, how the $440 million spent on del Lago turned out, on the outside, compared to the $320 million to build Rivers Casino in Schenectady. A few additional images are also included after the collages. (You might note that del Lago appears to have no large, bright LCD screen or freestanding pylon.)
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Here are two more views of the del Lago Hotel:
. . . And, two views of the rear entrance to the del Lago Casino:
Plus, the del Lago entry/exit driveway, at 1133 State Route 414, seen from near the self-park lot:
- Today’s Daily Gazette tells about the banner March revenues for Rivers Casino and other casinos, “March was most lucrative month yet for Rivers Casino
Data show gambling surges annually in late winter; other casinos also enjoyed strong March revenue” (by John Cropley, April 7, 2018).
- Rivers Casino was never asked by our Mayor to enter into a Host Community Agreement, while del Lago Casino (then known as Lago) entered into a comprehensive HCA with the Town of Tyre, Waterloo, and Seneca County.
- Distances. Del Lago is 43 miles from Syracuse, 50 miles from Rochester, 90 miles from Utica, 95 miles from Binghamton, 105 miles from Watertown, 112 mlies from Buffalo, and 156 miles from Schenectady. In an Appendix at the bottom of my Casino Choices posting from January 2017, I have compiled the distances of the various casinos from Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Ithaca, Kingston, Rochester, Syracuse, Watertown, and Utica.