Sands Casino gives new life to old Pa. steel town

    BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — The gambling industry is booming in an eastern Pennsylvania town where steel was once king.

    Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem opened on the site of Bethlehem Steel in May 2009, nearly a decade after the steel giant folded. Now, it’s grown into one of the biggest success stories of the state’s young casino industry.

    The resort consists of a casino, hotel, outlet mall and events center, and its gambling revenues routinely rank among the highest of the state’s 11 casinos. A resort official says business has spiked with the addition of each new amenity and continued success is expected, especially considering projected population growth in the Lehigh Valley.

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    Meanwhile, preservationists and Bethlehem Steel veterans commend how the facility has paid homage to the steel past and how many items on the site have been preserved.

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