Posted 7/3/2012 - 9:51:45 AM
TAMPA, FL—Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, here, completed a $75-million expansion.
The casino floor is now larger than five football fields combined and features more than 5,000 slot machines, 110 table games and 50 poker tables. An enclosed smoke-free slot room with 70 machines is located next to the 250-room hotel's newest restaurant, Rise Kitchen & Bakery.
The overall expansion project created nearly 1,000 jobs in construction and hospitality.
“A construction project of this magnitude was only made possible because of our incredible team members, business partners and our guests, who patiently waited for us to create what they’ve been asking for: more space, more dining options and ultimately more of what they wanted and needed,” John Fontana, president of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa, said in a statement.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino also added a new five-story parking garage with 1,300 spaces, bringing the property’s total number of parking spaces to more than 5,000. A new pedestrian bridge connects the garage to the casino. Keeping with the brand theme, guests will travel through music history starting with the 1950s to the 2000s. Memorabilia includes Elvis Presley’s military uniform, Jimi Hendrix’ leather jacket, Bette Midler’s mermaid suit, one of Lady Gaga’s iconic costumes and other items.
Klai Juba Architects was the project’s architectural firm and Cleo Design was the casino expansion’s interior designer. Turner Construction was the project’s builder.