In May 2012, Cleveland became the first city in Ohio to host a full-service casino adding to the allure of an already great meeting destination. The $350 million casino is conveniently located inside the Historic Higbee Building on Public Square and within walking distance of the new Cleveland Convention Center and Renaissance Hotel that is attached to the Higbee Building through the Tower City Center.
Quickly approaching its one-year anniversary, the casino has already welcomed 3.2 million visitors to downtown Cleveland and is projected to attract nearly 5 million annual visitors in 2013.
This past holiday season in Cleveland, the casino took residents and visitors back in time for a nostalgic look back at the vintage holiday décor and beautiful window displays of the historic Higbee’s department store while illuminating all of Public Square for Holidays at the Higbee.
Visitors and residents were able to get a glimpse into Cleveland’s history and enjoy the festive decorations of the casino while playing on one of 2,100 slot machines, more than 60 table games and dining in The Spread, a 400-seat buffet and the casino food court featuring Iron Chef Michael Symon’s B Spot and local chef Rocco Whalen’s Rosie & Rocco’s.
As a true urban casino, land has been acquired to develop a Phase II casino that will overlook the Cuyahoga River and feature outward facing restaurants and retail shops to engage pedestrians and support Cleveland’s unique culture, nightlife and sports venues downtown.