PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With the taps opening at Southern Tier last night, it brings to virtual full involvement the entertainment center between the ballpark and stadium.

With craft beers, Southern Tier brings something else.

“Guests are welcome to take six packs, we operate as a six pack shop and in the future we’ll have larger quantities as well,” Cassandra Buncie said.

Behind Southern Tier, the new parking garage in Lot 1 is speeding towards a late May/early June opening. On the other side of Heinz Field, the Rivers Casino is hoping to break ground on an attached, upscale, 221 room hotel later this spring.

“It really give us the opportunity to grow our destination market and by having them right here on our property, that’s the best that we are looking for,” Rivers Casino General Manager Craig Clark said.

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The land on the other side of the casino has been cleared for future development, and just down the Ohio River the state could announce the closing of the state prison tomorrow, which sits on prime waterfront property.

“There are a lot of development opportunities there, if you look at chateau on the other side of the West End Bridge, this continues the development, it’s riverfront property. I’m sure there could be a lot of potential opportunities there,” Mayor Bill Peduto said.

Development to the west would be just fine with folks at the Rivers.

“It gives us the opportunity to move from the edge the North Shore to the center of this entertainment district, this is a huge opportunity for the city as the businesses expand beyond us,” Clark said.