Posted: Feb 24, 2011 2:14 PM
Updated: Feb 24, 2011 2:14 PM
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. - Low Mississippi River levels have forced a delay in the planned opening of Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.'s new $357 million Baton Rouge casino and hotel from the end of this year to the first quarter of 2012.
Pinnacle said Thursday the company has been unable to move the three completed casino hulls, which will form the casino itself, from Bollinger Shipyards to the project site because of the river's low water levels.
As snow further upriver continues to melt, officials say water levels are expected to rise, allowing movement and final placement of the hulls.
Until then, Pinnacle has pushed back the opening of the casino, which will feature 1,500 slot machines, 51 table games, a 206-room hotel and a multipurpose event center with concert seating for up to 1,400 people.
The property will be Pinnacle's fourth casino in Louisiana.