Magic City plans to make concert nights into larger events

Magic City Casino
Magic City Casino

You go to a Dolphins football game, and get in some pregame tailgating. You go to a play and might have dinner or drinks afterward.

The same idea — enhancing the event — is behind upgrades coming to Magic City Casino in Miami. The idea is to offer events in a festival-style format.

“We’re turning up the volume on the live music experience in South Florida,” said Scott Savin, chief operating officer of Magic City Casino.

The first event is the Wiener Bash, starring Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe and Great White, at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The new features will double the venue’s outdoor capacity from 2,000 to 4,000. The improvements, which will be in full swing by Feb. 24, will include infield and stage front seating, expanded food offerings, a craft-beer court, a new video screen and interactive recreational activities such as carnival games and a putting green for select shows. The new festival grounds also will be available for rental for private events.

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Vince Neil from Mötley Crüe headlines the Wiener Bash at Magic City Casino Saturday Courtesy/Magic City Casino

Also scheduled are “98 Degrees at Christmas” on Dec. 9, Air Supply on Jan. 27, Rock 2K Music Fest starring Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth & Uncle Kracker on Feb. 24 and Rick Springfield and The Romantics on April 14.

Go to magiccitycasino.com.

Hard Rock guitar

Gulfstream Park has its Pegasus statue, which certainly makes for a unique photo op. But Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino officials think their 450-foot guitar-shaped hotel will be an even bigger must-see. In fact, Seminole publicists compared the hotel to Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the St. Louis Gateway Arch and the Washington Monument.

Seminole officials gave details last week of a massive expansion that has been in the plans now for almost a decade. It includes the hotel and a new 7,000-seat concert hall that officials hope will attract events such as awards shows. The work is expected to be completed in summer 2019. The NFL Dolphins’ stadium is now called Hard Rock Stadium and the Seminoles want a big splash for the Super Bowl set for here in 2020.

When done the property will have about 1,300 rooms, 3,500 slot machines, 200 table games and 60,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space.

Back in March, workers knocked down the existing Seminole Paradise and brought in the heavy machinery to clear new space, move concrete and start construction.

This is, rightfully, the Seminoles’ story. But for one paragraph, put yourself in the shoes of the horse tracks, dog tracks and jai-alai frontons, which are pleading with the Florida Legislature to get their slot taxes reduced from 35 percent to 25 percent, and to get at least low-stakes blackjack. And maybe get out from under the requirement of conducting money-losing propositions such as dog racing and jai-alai. Seeing how much farther they’re falling behind can only bolster their argument with legislators.

Breeders’ Cup

The 13 Breeders’ Cup horse races will be run out of Del Mar (Calif.) Thoroughbred Club on Friday and Saturday, but Gulfstream Park, as usual, has related promotions.

The $10,000 Breeders’ Cup Spin & Win drawing is Saturday in the Silks simulcast center. Fans will be chosen to bet up to $1,500 ($500 win, place and show) on Breeders’ Cup races. Ten Palms Restaurant will also offer a buffet Saturday for $35 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and an a la carte menu until 8 p.m.

For the third consecutive year, Gulfstream will serve as a satellite location for the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. Players who pay the $10,000 entry will compete from luxury suites inside Christine Lee’s Restaurant with private betting terminals. Register via GulfstreamPark.com.

Gulfstream Park itself doesn’t have live racing again until Dec. 2, with the ponies instead competing at Gulfstream Park West (formerly known as Calder Race Course). But with the facilities sparse at Gulfstream Park West, it’s better to hang out at the Hallandale Beach property and just simulcast bet on those races, too.

Champions simulcast center at Hialeah Park also will offer Breeders’ Cup betting Friday and Saturday.

Coming up

▪ Thursdays are guest appreciation days at Hialeah Park. Pink slot card holders receive $5 free play, Silver $10 free play and Black $20 free play after earning one point.

▪ The big promotion this month at Seminole Classic casino is a Chevy Silverado giveaway on Dec. 1. Players may earn entries for the drawing throughout November, with triple entries every Tuesday and Wednesday.

▪ Resorts World Bimini will host its inaugural Driftwood Beach Festival from Nov. 3-5, featuring include Clement Aubrey & The Reggae Allstars, DJ sets, beach volleyball and cuisine. A portion of the profits will be donated to Global Empowerment Mission, aiding the victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Go to driftwoodbeachfestival.com.

▪ Fridays are Teachers’ Day at Calder Casino. Players club members with valid school ID receive $10 free slot play after earning 20 points.

▪ Glenda del E, described as an Afro Latin Soul artist from Cuba, performs at 4 p.m. Sunday at Casino Miami. Her musical influences range from classical piano to Cuban folklore, as well as hip-hop, R&B and Latin jazz.

▪ The Zoo, winner of MTV’s Ultimate Cover Band competition, provides the music this week for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s weekend entertainment endeavor. The band will play at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Hard Rock Café. Beer, house wine and well drinks are half-price from 10 p.m. to midnight.

▪ The Johnny Rogers Band presents “Buddy and Beyond: The History of Rock and Roll” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Casino @ Dania Beach. The show is free, and for all ages.