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Delta Downs set to reopen Wednesday after Hurricane Laura damages Vinton facility

The racetrack will remain closed due to storm damage and ongoing repairs.

VINTON, Louisiana — Almost 3 weeks after Hurricane Laura slammed southwest Louisiana, Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel will reopen its doors to the public. 

The Vinton, Louisiana, casino will open on Wednesday at 11 a.m. "pending final regulatory approvals" according to a news release. 

Delta Downs closed in late August due to damage from the storm. 

The facility will continue to operate at 50% occupancy to follow state COVID-19 directives. 

The racetrack will remain closed due to storm damage and needed repairs. A date will be announced later for live racing to resume. 

About 1,700 patrons visited Delta Downs when the casino reopened on May 20 following statewide COVID-19 closures.  

"Delta Downs and Boyd Gaming are providing more than $1.5 million in direct financial support for storm recovery efforts," Delta Downs said in a news release. "During the closure, Boyd Gaming has continued full pay and benefits for all Delta Downs team members, and provided additional cash grants and financial aid to help with team members’ recovery efforts." 

The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Lake Charles is also back open following Laura according to a Saturday tweet. The casino features 1,650 slots, 84 game tables and seven live-action poker tables. 

From a Delta Downs news release: 

Delta Downs to Reopen on September 16

Vinton, Louisiana—Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel today announced it is scheduled to reopen to the public on Wednesday, September 16, at 11 a.m. Central Time, pending final regulatory approvals. Delta Downs has been closed since late August due to damage from Hurricane Laura.

“While we are glad to get our doors back open at Delta Downs, our highest priority is helping our team members and neighbors during these extremely difficult times,” said Keith Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boyd Gaming. “Through direct financial assistance to our team members, as well as contributions to non-profit organizations engaged in the relief effort, we are pleased to do our part to help the southwest Louisiana community recover from this terrible storm.”

Delta Downs and Boyd Gaming are providing more than $1.5 million in direct financial support for storm recovery efforts. During the closure, Boyd Gaming has continued full pay and benefits for all Delta Downs team members, and provided additional cash grants and financial aid to help with team members’ recovery efforts.  

In compliance with state directives aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, the property will remain limited to 50% occupancy. Due to storm damage and ongoing repairs, racing operations remain closed. Delta Downs will announce plans for the resumption of live racing at a later date.

For additional information on reopening plans, hours of operation and availability, please visit www.deltadowns.com.