Seminole Hard Rock Tampa completes $700-million expansion
The work wrapped up at the end of last week
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa lifted the sheets on its $700-million expansion last week to typically fanfare. With a high-wire act by Nik Wallenda and the signature guitar smash Hard Rock lives by, the facelift was unveiled to the world, showing off a massive hotel tower, new spa and a larger casino.
The venue’s gaming floor now covers 223,900 square feet and added 41 table games to give the venue a total of 179 tables. 1,000 slot machines were also added, bringing the total amount to almost 5,000 and a state-of-the-art poker room is now available with 46 poker tables. There is a new VIP gaming floor separate from the main casino, located in the new 14-story hotel tower and offering a private gaming parlor for VIP guests.
Hard Rock International Chairman and Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen said during the unveiling, “Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is already one of the largest and most profitable casinos in the United States. The expansion will increase entertainment and dining options, and help us attract guests from throughout the country and around the world.”
The venue is the home of Elvis Presley’s 24-karat gold leaf-plated Kimball Piano Company Grand Piano. It also offers 14 eateries and other restaurants and bars, as well as three new pools, a 26,000-square-foot Rock Spa and Salon and other amenities.
Helping celebrate the festivities were DJ Jazzy Jeff, Big Boi, country singer Keith Urban and celebrity DJ Brody Jenner.