On June 8th one of the world's most popular and enduring tourist attraction centres is about to experience a major revival, with the opening of the new Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. The
culmination of six years of planning and development, the $1 billion entertainment complex is situated on a prime site overlooking the world- renowned Horseshoe and American Falls at Niagara.
The opening date was announced at news conferences in Toronto and Niagara
Falls today by officials from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
(OLGC) and Falls Management Company (FMC).
The opening of Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort reaffirms Niagara's
position as a top level North American tourist destination," said Duncan
Brown, Chief Executive Officer of OLGC. "Along with several new hotels and
attractions that are currently planned or under construction, the new resort
will help create thousands of new jobs in the Niagara region, and provide a
major increase in tourism revenues for the province."
The new resort will be one of the grandest and most extensive facilities
ever to appear on the Niagara skyline.
The 2.5 million square foot complex includes a 200,000 square foot casino
offering 150 gaming tables and 3,000 slot machines; a 30-storey luxury hotel
with 368 rooms and suites; a 15,000 square foot health and fitness spa; and an
expansive shopping Galleria. The 1,500 seat Avalon Ballroom will feature the
world's top entertainers. Patrons will have ten excellent dining venues to
choose from, to suit every palate.
"This is the largest privately-financed construction project in Canada,
and we're very proud that it's being completed on time and on budget," said
Jim Dougan, President and Chief Operating Officer of FMC. "Niagara Falls has
seen a significant resurgence in tourist activity since the opening of Casino
Niagara, in 1996.
"We fully expect that Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort will truly
revitalize the community and enhance Niagara's reputation as one of the
world's most appealing tourism destinations."
The project is being developed and managed by FMC, a North American
consortium of five partners, under agreement with OLGC.
Evoking a "belle epoque" theme that celebrates much of the grand history
of the Niagara Falls area, the new entertainment complex was architecturally
designed by a joint venture of Zeidler Partnership, and Bregman and Hamann
Architects. The interior design and theming of the gaming floor and hotel
lobby were created by Dougall Design Associates, which has also done the
interiors of several prominent Las Vegas casino resorts. Wood, stone and other
resources that are native to Canada are being used wherever possible, and
natural light is predominant through the extensive use of glass domes and
"Our projections indicate that Niagara Falls will attract as many as
twenty million tourist visits a year, now that the new Casino Resort is
opening," said Ted Salci, Mayor of the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario. "In
turn, other new accommodations and attractions will give visitors more reasons
to come, and more reasons to stay longer."
"This is, truly, an exciting time for our City and our people," said the
The Grand Opening of Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort will take place in
the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, June 8th, with an official ribbon-
cutting ceremony and other activities. The facility will open to the public on
June 10th, subject to regulatory approval.
The opening of Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort will provide Niagara Falls
with two casino properties, as the existing Casino Niagara will continue to
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is an operational enterprise
of the Government of Ontario, responsible for province-wide lottery games,
commercial and charitable casinos, and the operation and management of slot
machine facilities at horse racing tracks.
Falls Management Company is a consortium of five firms which was selected
by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to operate Casino Niagara; and
to finance, design, build and operate Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort."