SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The historic Canfield Casino is reopened for 2021 weddings and events.
Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Public Works Anthony “Skip” Scirocco announced in a press release that the world-renowned venue, which closed in March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and because of New York State health and safety mandates which limited social gatherings, is now open again.
“Weddings and events are back at the Canfield Casino,” Scirocco said in the release. “Guests will still need to follow CDC and State guidelines to attend, but this is the first step towards normalcy.”
The occupancy of the Canfield Casino will allow for events of up to 150 attendees in compliance with state guidelines. As outlined by Governor Andrew Cuomo, all attendees must have proof of a recent negative test result or proof of immunization prior to the event. Additionally, masks will be worn at all times except when eating or drinking, and socially-distanced dancing is allowed in designated areas.
“While all of these requirements do not fit with what a traditional wedding or event would look like, these guidelines are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID,” Scirocco said in the release. “Hopefully as more people are vaccinated and time passes these restrictions will be eased as well.”
The year-long closure was not a completely lost one for the venue, Scirocco explained in the release, as restoration work was completed inside.
“An upgraded sound system was installed in the venue, and detailed restoration work of the decorative woodwork in the parlor and bar was completed along with refinishing the bar and ballroom floors. Small meticulous work that was difficult with regular events was completed during the closure,” he continued, noting that air filters will also be upgraded in time for the first scheduled event.
Situated in Congress Park, in downtown Saratoga Springs, the Canfield Casino is designated as a National Historic Landmark, and the entire site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was originally built in 1870 as a gambling establishment by John Morrisey, and upgraded by Richard Canfield in 1902 and 1903 to include the ornate ballroom.
Canfield closed the establishment in 1907 and it was sold to the village in 1911, just before Saratoga Springs was incorporated as a city in 1915.
Interested parties should contact Mary in the Saratoga Springs Department of Public Works at (518) 587-3550 ext. 2555 or [email protected] to obtain a contract or for more information on events.
Further details can be found online at www.saratoga-springs.org/363/Canfield-Casino.
Canfield Casino is also home to the Saratoga Springs History Museum, which is scheduled to open for its 2021 season on Saturday, April 17. After this date, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays until Memorial Day, when the museum will begin its expanded hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Featuring three floors of exhibits as well as dynamic programs throughout the year, the Saratoga Springs History Museum welcomes visitors and members to learn more about the story of Saratoga Springs from its beginnings to modern day.
More information about the Saratoga Springs History Museum is available online at www.saratogahistory.org.