The connection is designed to give easy access for guests from the hotel to the casino floor.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and The Landing Hotel are now connected.

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A connection ceremony was held Friday afternoon to lift a steel beam into place between the structures.

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The connection is designed to give easy access for guests from the hotel to the casino floor.

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The seven-story, four-star hotel also promises to offer a luxurious experience with panoramic views of downtown.

“We went back and forth trying to figure out what was going to be the best look for the room. Pittsburgh is a Pittsburgh town. When people stay here, they want to see Pittsburgh. That’s the best way to dress up the room,” said Bud Green, the interim general manager of Rivers Casino.

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The $60 million project brought 1,400 temporary construction jobs and will bring 128 new permanent jobs when the hotel opens.

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The casino expects that to happen sometime next year.