POSTED: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 1:26pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — It’s been one year since L'Auberge opened its doors on the south side of town. The casino and hotel has shown they not only are making a name for themselves but helping the local economy as well.
L'Auberge has made in millions of dollars worth of gambling revenue, in return offering all kinds of opportunities for the people in our region. But it’s really the three casinos working hand-in-hand to help grow our economy.
"People are coming to Baton Rouge to gamble to experience the casinos. In the past, it used to be come here and go to the casinos," said Visit Baton Rouge’s Paul Arrigo.
Baton Rouge has proved itself to be a destination city. With L'Auberge just south of downtown, recently celebrating its one year anniversary, the affect it's had on the communities’ economy is undeniable.
“The fact that we have over 1,000 team members and employees that helps add. We are continuing to grow the regional business," said L’Auberge Vice President, Mickey Parenton.
Arrigo says with the trio of casinos now offering more than just eat play and stay, it's giving people a reason to visit the Capital City.
"Anytime you being another opportunity like L’Aubegre it opens up two other facilities to do different things," said Arrigo.
And casino goers such as Mike Griffin say L’Auberge was a great addition to him hometown.
"I think it's been doing pretty good since it's been here so far, lots of people from out of town come down here to come check it out. I think it's doing really good," said Griffin.
With another year behind him, Arrigo is ready to see what’s in store for the future of Baton Rouge.
“With the LSU season coming up I think some good things will happen," noted Arrigo.
So now instead of heading down to New Orleans, Griffin chooses to stay right here in the Red Stick.
"Three casinos in Baton Rouge: It's poppin down here," said Griffin.
NBC33 spoke with the Belle of Baton Rouge, they said this month last year when L’ Auberge opened, they had 38 percent of the downtown population and now one year later they are up to 46 percent. We also reached out to the Hollywood Casino for comment but have yet to hear back.