Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa 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.
Also, players will enjoy views of the pool area and tropical landscaping from within the casino. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa provides natural light in limited areas, so players can take in Florida’s summer sun while playing.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is 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.
The new pool area features chickee hut cabana decked out with flat screen TVs, refrigerators and other amenities. The pool bar features items from Rise Kitchen & Bakery.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino also added the new five-story Winner’s Way parking garage with 1,300 spaces, bringing the property’s total number of parking spaces to over 5,000. This is the casino’s third parking garage. The other garages are Lucky Street and South Garage.
A new pedestrian bridge connects the Winner’s Way garage to the casino. Memorabilia includes Elvis Presley’s military uniform, Jimi Hendrix’s leather jacket, Bette Midler’s mermaid suit and one of Lady Gaga’s costumes.
Aiding in the expansion of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino were Klai Juba Architects, the project’s architectural firm; and Cleo Design, the casino expansion’s interior designer. Turner Construction was the project’s builder.
The last major expansion at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa was in 2007 when 55,000 square feet was added to the casino along with more than 1,000 new gaming machines. Also in 2007, Council Oak Steaks & Seafood opened its doors. In 2008, the property had a table game expansion and added close to 1,000 jobs. More recently, in December 2010, the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa opened its doors, and the property added a new poker room. Additionally, the Penny Slots Room opened in March 2012. It features hundreds of one-cent machines.