Penn National Gaming
South Mississippi’s first dockside casino was also ground zero for Hurricane Katrina. A 24’ storm surge swept through the gaming barge, hotel, landside facility, and golf course clubhouse. Days after the storm, RAC began recovery and stabilization efforts, and then constructed temporary gaming space, offices and support facilities in the existing landside facility. The 14-story, 292-room hotel was completely remodeled and existing tower glass was replaced with impact resistant glass and framing. Meeting space, food service facilities and kitchens were reconfigured and renovated. A new Porte Cochere was also constructed to support both the hotel and temporary gaming facility.