071014 GTR_Harrah's Gulf Coast_300Summer on the Gulf just got a little bit hotter this year as Harrah's Gulf Coast heats up the action with the introduction of a new place to play in Biloxi, Miss.

Country superstar Darius Rucker helped the resort usher in a new look and name as he played to a crowd of 17,000 as the inaugural headlining act for The Great Lawn, Harrah's new waterfront entertainment space. Fireworks lit the night sky to kick?off the summer season and celebrate the completion of a months?long renovation to the resort, formerly known as The Grand Biloxi, which includes an upgraded, more open casino floor, new restaurants and enhanced pool experience.

"The Gulf Coast has a long?standing tradition as a getaway destination where folks can come relax and have a bit of fun," said Jonathan Jones, Harrah's Gulf Coast senior vice president and general manager in a prepared statement. "Our resort has built upon that reputation by delivering exceptional service coupled with the region's signature Southern hospitality. The renovations and upgrades to our resort will help us create an even better experience for our guests. With the addition of The Great Lawn, Chef Kelly English's Magnolia House and other amenity enhancements, Harrah's is upping the ante for entertainment on the Gulf."

The transition to a new name is accompanied by a new look, which includes a redesign of the casino floor, hotel room upgrades and the addition of a fine?dining restaurant, Magnolia House, created by celebrity chef Kelly English, among other improvements. The increase in hospitality offerings complement Harrah's existing amenities including the award winning golf course, Grand Bear, the Bellissimo Spa and the beautiful pool oasis.