SAN DIEGO — The world’s second largest bingo site has reopened.
The National Bingo Hall of Fame and Museum, a bingo hall with more than 20,000 rooms, will open in downtown San Diego on Thursday.
It is the first bingo venue in the world to reopen.
Bingo Hall opened in San Diego in 2005 and has been in business for more than 50 years.
Its owner, David and Jennifer Siegel, has had to fight to stay open because of the city’s stringent licensing requirements.
In 2018, the state of California made bingo a crime and fined the museum $5 million.
Siegel sued to get the money back and said the city, not the museum, was responsible for the closure.
But a judge ruled against her and in November 2018 the museum reopened with a $5.5 million bond.
San Diego officials have not yet released details about the new venue.