WHAT: Rivers Casino Portsmouth will host its grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.— making history as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s first full-service permanent casino. The event will kick off with a special performance by Norfolk State University’s “Spartan Legion” Marching Band.

All previously announced restaurants and amenities will open, including BetRivers Sportsbook, Admiral’s Steak & Seafood for high-end dining (open Thursday through Sunday only); casual fare at Crossings Café, Mian, Slice Pizzeria, and Starbucks; with additional live and virtual entertainment at The Sound Bar and Topgolf Swing Suite, respectively. Opening later this year, Yard House — recently added to the restaurant lineup — will feature the world’s largest selection of draft beer.

WHO: The brief ceremony will feature remarks from:
• Roy Corby, General Manager, Rivers Casino Portsmouth
• Mayor Shannon Glover, City of Portsmouth
• Brian Donahue, Director, Portsmouth Economic Development
• Kelly T. Gee, Executive Director, Virginia Lottery
• Tim Drehkoff, Chief Executive Officer, Rivers Casino Portsmouth and Rush Street Gaming

WHEN: Monday, Jan. 23, 2023
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. and doors will open to the public immediately following.

WHERE: Rivers Casino Portsmouth, 3630 Victory Blvd., Portsmouth, Va. (Main Entrance)

DETAILS: Interior photography and videography are permitted. Live broadcasts are permitted outdoors only. All attendees must be over 21 to access the gaming floor.

• Stage and speaking podium (mult box provided)
• Ribbon cutting (Rivers Casino Portsmouth leadership and local officials)
• Check presentation to charity test event partners: Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters; USO Hampton Roads and Central Virginia; and Wesley Community Service Center
• Official presentation of casino operator’s license from Virginia Lottery