The Caesars Virginia temporary casino will be built at the same Schoolfield property where the permanent casino will be located, according to Danville City spokesperson Arnold Hendrix.
Caesars spokesperson Robert Jarrett, however, declined to provide any further details.
Plans for the temporary gaming facility were mentioned in a recent conference call with investors.
By law, the casino must be located at the Schoolfield site, since that is the location that was listed in the casino referendum question Danville voters passed in November 2020, said Hendrix in an email.
The Virginia General Assembly in 2020 passed House Bill 4, which paved the way for commercial casinos in economically distressed cities meeting specific criteria. Those cities included Danville, as well as Bristol, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Richmond. The decision to allow a casino in each city was then put to voters and only Richmond declined to proceed.
Hard Rock is building the Bristol casino and in July opened a temporary gaming facility in a former mall as it builds the main facility. Norfolk has done the same.
Caesars broke ground on its $650 million casino and resort in August with an expected opening date in 2024. It will be located at the site of the former Dan River Mills.