Virginia: Developers announce plans for $150 million casino in Bristol Elizabeth Tyree, WSET · September 7, 2018 at 3:15 pm Local businesses and community leaders announced major plans for a $150 million resort and casino at the Bristol Mall in Bristol Friday. Developers are hoping to bring a 90,000 square foot casino, along with 90,000 square feet dedicated to children’s activities, and 25,000 square feet for sports betting. Leaders also plan to build a 600-1,000 room hotel on site. Along with the casino and hotel, there are also plans for 50 stores and restaurants to be leased on the property. Developers said this is expected to bring thousand of jobs to the area — and that the resort casino would employ 2,000 people during the first year of operations, but would grow to more than 5,200 in seven years.