SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Construction of a $ 32 million extension to the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville is slated to begin next week. Caesars Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: CZR) on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the project, which will add 25,000 square feet of gaming space.

“Caesars and the local leadership should be commended for their continued commitment to Indiana and its local partners,” said Sara Gonso Tait, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission. “This significant investment solidifies Indiana Grand’s reputation as a premier property not just in Indiana but across the country.”

Caesars says the expansion will allow the addition of 100 new slot machines and 25 more table games.

The game company says it is also adding a World Series of Poker poker room with 20 tables. The company says players can qualify for WSOP tournaments, including the championship series held in Las Vegas.

In addition to the construction jobs created by the project, the casino will add 100 new casino jobs.

“Today marks the beginning of continued growth for both our team at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino and the City of Shelbyville,” said Mike Rich, Indiana Grand general manager. “Expanding our gaming operations enables us to improve employment opportunities, accommodate more guests, increase local tourism and contribute more millions in gaming revenue to our local economy.”

Wilhelm Construction of Indianapolis will begin work on April 1st. The renovation work is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.