Hard Rock Casino Expands in Tampa to Become Fourth-Largest Casino in Nation
- Jul 06, 2012
Following its recently completed $75 million expansion, the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa is now the fourth-largest casino in the nation, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
With a casino floor the size of five football fields, more than 5,000 slot machines, 110 table games and 50 poker tables, the Seminole Hard Rock Casino now places Tampa on the world map of gambling cities; based on the number of seats where people can play slots, poker and other games, the casino now ranks sixth worldwide.
The expansion added 32,000 square feet, bringing the total gaming space to 190,000 square feet, with 800 new slot machines; 1,300 new parking spaces brought the total to 5,000. Improvements also included a new room with 71 slots reserved for non-smokers and carpeting replaced on most of the gaming floor.
The expansion created 400 new jobs in gaming, restaurants, hotel operations, maintenance and security, resulting in a massive job fair. According to The Tampa Tribune, the expanded casino could employ more than 3,500 people.
Casino operations remain limited due to the lack of sufficient hotel rooms—currently only 250—as the 22-story hotel planned a few years back for a nearby location was put on hold. But it has increased the number of visitors to approximately 20,000 per day, and even 30,000 on crowded weekends or special days.