PHILADELPHIA—Company and city officials hoisted ceremonial shovels Tuesday for the long-planned $164-million expansion of SugarHouse Casino. A SugarHouse-themed backhoe rolled onto the site especially for Tuesday’s ceremony, joining a fleet of logo-ed vehicles that already includes trolleys and a double-decker bus.

“I can honestly say I can’t believe it’s finally here,” Greg Carlin, chief executive of SugarHouse, said before Tuesday’s groundbreaking, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “There is currently too much gaming capacity in the Northeast, but we made a promise to Philadelphia that one day we would expand and make SugarHouse Casino bigger and much better.”

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