Caesars Entertainment Unveils Renderings and Plans for First Nebraska Property, Harrah’s Columbus, NE Racing & Casino


Caesars Entertainment shared the official renderings for Harrah’s Columbus, NE Racing & Casino, the company’s first destination in the Cornhusker state. In partnership with Columbus Exposition and Racing, the property will be home to the state’s longest thoroughbred racetrack which will offer guests a first-class experience to a historic pastime in Columbus.

“Horse Racing has been ingrained in the history of Columbus for decades. We’re thrilled to contribute to that history and bring an all-new, one-mile racetrack for the community to enjoy. Caesars Entertainment is committed to bringing the best offerings for guests of the casino and fans of racing in the area and we look forward to welcoming Columbus to the track once it’s complete,” said Joe Morris, SVP of Racing at Caesars Entertainment.

The Company hosted a community event last week at the Elks Country Club, where Caesars Entertainment executives unveiled the renderings and shared plans for the property. Other partners in attendance included, Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley, Tom Jackson, Dan Clarey, Dennis Hall, Russell Placzek and Chad Sucha with Columbus Exposition and Racing, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Caesars’ selected general contractor, Whiting-Turner. During the event, the Harrah’s Columbus, NE Racing & Casino team also presented a $5000 check to be donated to the new Columbus Fieldhouse.

In addition to the racetrack, Harrah’s Columbus, NE Racing & Casino, is expected to feature a 28,000-square-foot-casino and sportsbook with more than 500 slot machines and 14 table games. The property will also be home to the award-winning restaurant, The Brew Brothers, which was founded by the Carano family in 1995, and a bar dubbed Wishbones, a nod to the hometown favorite event center that closed its doors in 2021. A Marriot Fairfield Inn and Townplace Suites will be built next door and connect directly to the casino so guests can stay and play. Harrah’s Columbus, NE Racing & Casino is expected to be complete in the first half of 2024.

“We’re pleased to bring a brand-new destination to the great state of Nebraska. This is a huge milestone for the company, and we’ve been working hard to bring it to life. We were honored to be joined by our partners and have the support of the local community during today’s event. We’re looking forward to welcoming the people of Columbus and beyond when we open our doors in 2024,” Todd Connelly, Regional President at Caesars Entertainment, said.

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