A 9,800 square foot smoking pavilion is being built that will allow West Virginia residents to smoke while the rest of the casino goes smoke free in an effort to fight the smoking ban in Hancock County.
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort officials said it’s the first of it’s kind in the country – a smoking pavilion featuring 210 slot machines and six game tables.
The $2 million project was showcased to Hancock County and West Virginia officials as contractors hustle to complete the pavilion in time by July 1st when the smoking ban goes into effect.
When the Clean Air Act was passed, General Manager Chris Kern said they decided to use a room that was shut off four years ago to eventually transform it into the new smoking pavilion.
“We kind of knew that we would need an outdoor space if the Clean Air Act passed, so we knew that once it actually passed we had the opportunity to do something with this space and to do something for our guests, our team members and our county,” Kern said.
Kern added that this will offer guests the best of both worlds. Now, they’ll have both a smoke free and a smoking facility for guests to enjoy.
Kern’s hope is that with the addition of the smoking pavilion, Mountaineer will be able to keep and maintain the 1,200 employees who currently work there.
The smoking pavilion will open next Wednesday, July 1st, when the smoking ban goes into effect.