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Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Facts and statistics
Location Bethlehem, PA (USA)
Address 77 Sands Blvd.
Bethlehem, PA
Opening date May 22, 2009
Theme Industrial
No. of rooms 300 (when completed)
Total gaming space 139,000 sq ft (12,900 m2)
Signature attractions The Shoppes at Sands (when completed)
Notable restaurants Emeril's Chop House
St. James Gate Irish Pub and Carvery
The Market Gourmet Express
Cobalt Café
International Food Buffet
Casino type Land-Based
Owner Direct:
Sands Bethworks Gaming, LLC
Las Vegas Sands Corporation
Previous names Sands BethWorks (while in planning)
Years renovated Casino floor expansion (late 2009-2010)
Coordinates 40°36′54″N 75°21′24″W / 40.615027°N 75.356534°W / 40.615027; -75.356534Coordinates: 40°36′54″N 75°21′24″W / 40.615027°N 75.356534°W / 40.615027; -75.356534
Construction of the casino at the defunct Bethlehem Steel site, with an original ore crane pictured

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is a casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania, in the United States.

The casino is owned, operated, and constructed by the Las Vegas Sands corporation. It is one of five stand-alone casinos to be awarded a slots license by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on December 20, 2006. The casino was slated to open in July 2008, but demolition took longer than expected due to the heavy concrete foundations of the old Steel building. Its opening was delayed until the second quarter of 2009. The first concrete for the complex, which is located on the former Bethlehem Steel land on the south side of the city, was poured on November 15, 2007 at a ceremony attended by the President of Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Phase 1, estimated at $350 million, consists of a casino and hotel with an industrial look. The casino will have 3,000 slot machines, a 300-room hotel, a concert hall-type venue, dozens of restaurants and upscale retail shops, and a parking garage for nearly 6,000 vehicles. The site has a total of 126 acres. This enables the casino to grow. It will also donate sections of land to allow ArtsQuest, a local arts foundation, to build a performing arts center and 3,500-seat concert hall, and the development of the National Museum of Industrial History to honor the history of Bethlehem Steel.

Plans also exist for as many as 1,200 loft apartments. This brings the full project cost to $879 million. Upon final completion, it will be one of the largest casinos in the entire state.[1][2]

The casino opened May 22, 2009, 20 minutes ahead of schedule, around 9:00 a.m.



Since the expansion in November 2009, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem features 3,250 slot machines and electronic table games. Self parking and valet parking are available. It is the only casino in the United States to carry the Sands brand (Las Vegas Sands demolished Sands Resorts in Las Vegas and created The Venetian and sale and demolished of Sands Atlantic City).

Hotel amenities

The hotel upon completion will feature 300 rooms.


  • Burgers And More by Emeril (BAM)
  • Carnegie Deli
  • Cobalt Café
  • Coil bar
  • Emeril's Chop House
  • International Food Buffet
  • Infusion
  • Molten lounge
  • St. James Gate Irish Pub and Carvery
  • The Market Gourmet Express


Four nightclubs are planned and will be housed on the property, including:

  • Molten Lounge
  • St. James Gate

Other nightlife includes:

  • The Blues Brotherhood: A Tribute To The “Blues Brothers”
  • DJ Cap Cee of B104
  • Live Band Karaoke
  • R.e.M.I.X.T.D.
  • Football at the Sands


Over 40 stores will be built in a shopping mall, The Shoppes at Sands, connecting the casino with the hotel. The shopping mall is being built to travel under the Minsi Trail Bridge. The casino will have 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2) of retail space. The Sands & Co. gift shop is open and is located just off the casino floor in the casino lobby.

Parking and Transportation

The casino's parking garage has 3300 spaces. There are also 1400 parking spaces available in lots near the uncompleted hotel tower. The Bethlehem Loop also shuttles guests from Bethlehem's public parking garages. LANTA buses also have stops at the casino. Trans-Bridge Lines and other motorcoaches also connect to New York City and Philadelphia. The bus bay has room for up to 13 buses.

Players Club

Sands Bethlehem has a players club, My Sands Rewards, for players to earn and redeem comps. The card has the following levels:

  • My Sands Card: Free to gamblers 21 and older.
  • My Sands Preferred: Invited high rollers only.


See also

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