Casino Opening Draws Huge Crowd, Backs Up Traffic

Indiana Live To Have Grand Opening Friday

The opening of the Indiana Live casino in Shelbyville drew a huge crowd Friday night, backing up traffic for more than eight miles on Interstate 74, police said.

Celebrities Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were supposed to be on hand at the new $200 million casino, which opened its doors following a ribbon cutting just after 6 p.m., but apparently never showed up.

The facility has been operating in a temporary location on the grounds of the Indiana Downs horse track since June 2008.

The new 233,000-square foot facility features about 2,000 slot machines and several restaurants. It's situated along Interstate 74 about 15 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

Casino general manager Mark Hemmerle said the temporary casino may be used as a concert venue.

The Indiana Legislature in 2007 approved allowing Indiana Downs and Hoosier Park in Anderson to open the slot-machine casinos after paying $250 million for the licenses.