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Celebrating twenty five years in the Community

Celebrating 25 Years In The Community

In 1994 Casino Windsor became the first commercial casino in Ontario. Located in the retrofitted Art Gallery of Windsor, it house three floors of gaming over 50,000 square feet. This was the beginning of Caesars Windsor, which has evolved over 25 years to be the largest casino resort in Canada and the only Four-Diamond hotel in the city.

Then

Interim Casino Windsor:

  • Opened: May 17, 1994
  • Amenities: 3 Floors of gaming, 80 table games, thousands of slot machines, gift shop, restaurant
  • The former Windsor Art Gallery was transformed into the interim casino in a record seven months! New staircases, finance areas, chandeliers and fixtures were installed.
  • The building was once a three-storey ale storage plant built in 1928 to age and store brands like “Black Pirate Ale” and “British Ale”.
  • Between the spring of 1993 and the opening in 1994, 1,631 individuals were hired. In 1995 another 1,391 joined the team.

With record attendance, a second facility, the Northern Belle, was added to handle visitor overflow. The riverboat casino was docked at the foot of Ouellette and Riverside Drive.

The Northern Belle:

  • Opened: December 12, 1995
  • Theme: Mardi Gras
  • Capacity: 1,500 guests
  • Amenities: 40 table games, 828 slots, small food court
  • The Northern Belle was stationary however required a full marine crew of 12 with a Captain, first mate, chief engineer and deckhands who had to be on board 24-7 on 12 hour shifts

Permanent Casino Windsor:

  • Opened: July 29, 1998
  • Amenities:
    • 100,000 sq. ft. of on two floors of non-stop gaming
    • 21 floors, 389 room Forum Hotel Tower
    • Five dining areas – Atrium Food Court, Riverside Grille, Garden Buffet, Terrace Café, Mosaics
    • Entertainment – Showtime Lounge, Melodies Video Poker Bar
    • Atrium Giftshop
    • The expansive Atrium Water Feature included a 60 foot waterfall, meandering brooks and tropical theme with 20 ft. tall palm and olive trees.
    • The first legal roll of craps dice in Canada was played at Casino Windsor. Craps was not part of the Casino Windsor’s gaming offerings until April 1999, when a 611-year old ban in Canada was lifted. 

Expansion of Casino Windsor:

  • May 12, 2005: OLG executives and Casino Windsor representatives broke ground on the expansion site which is now The Colosseum, Augustus Tower and Convention space.
  • The Colosseum – 5,000 seat theatre.
  • Augustus Hotel Tower – with an additional 369 rooms.
  • The convention space – 100,000 square feet.
  • Renovation of the then Atrium into the Cosmos Lounge.
  • Motorcoach Lounge addition.
  • Showtime Lounge was transformed into Legends Sports Bar, the first restaurant in the city to offer Game Picks
  • December 15, 2006: it was announced that Casino Windsor would become Caesars Windsor when it opened the expansion in 2008.
  • The permanent Casino Windsor was built on 5.5 hectares on what was mostly industrial and commercial land.
  • It took four major concrete pours to form the foundation of the Augustus Hotel Tower, convention space and The Colosseum. It required a total of 1,500 truckloads in total carrying 8 meters of concrete each and 72 hours!

Now

CAESARS WINDSOR

  • June 19, 2008: Casino Windsor officially became Caesars Windsor with a gala event which included the inaugural Colosseum concert by Billy Joel opening the Augustus tower, Convention Centre and The Colosseum to the public for the first time.
  • The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor has hosted nearly 700 shows and 2.3 million guests in the award-winning, 5,000 seat theatre since it has opened.
  • The Augustus Hotel tower is the tallest building on the Windsor riverfront, standing at 27 storeys tall.
  • Caesars Windsor sees on average 77,000 visitors per week.
  • Since the beginning, the OLG has provided $55 Million in municipal payments to the City of Windsor for hosting the gaming facility.
  • Through Caesars Windsor Cares, $15 million has been made in community investments with a focus on Health and Wellness, Seniors, Code Green and Community Enrichment.
  • Caesars Windsor is the third largest employer in the city.  
  • Over 600 employees who have been employed since the 1994 opening.
  • There is no apostrophe in “Caesars” because when the original Caesars Palace was built in 1966,  the concept was that “Everyone lives like Caesar” and it did not belong to any one person.

Celebrated Awards

  • Proud recipient of the 2017 Forbes Best Employer Award
  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for eight consecutive years and Hall of Fame member
  • 4-Green Key certified from the world recognized Green Key Eco-Rating
  • Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for ten consecutive years for Neros steakhouse
  • Voted “Best Hotel” for 18 consecutive years by Casino Player Magazine.
  • Ranked #1 for Theatre Venues in Canada by Pollstar®