Expansion makes Seminole Hard Rock Tampa world’s sixth-largest casino
July 3, 2012
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa recently completed a $75 million expansion, making it the world’s sixth-largest casino, based on gaming positions or number of seats at a table or slot. It is also larger than any casino in Las Vegas. 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 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s newest restaurant, Rise Kitchen & Bakery.
The casino is also one of the largest employers in Tampa Bay and pays more than $74 million annually in salaries and wages to local team members. The property currently employs over 3,300 people. The overall expansion project created nearly 1,000 jobs in construction and hospitality, including 400 permanent positions at the property.
“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 more space, more dining options and ultimately more of what they wanted and needed,” said John Fontana, president of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa.
In addition to the new restaurant, the expansion includes floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural light into the gaming facility, cabanas and a new bar in the pool area, and a five-story parking garage with 1,300 spaces with a pedestrian bridge attached.
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