Casino Aztar opened its doors in December of 1995 in Evansville, Indiana introducing casino-style gaming to the Hoosier state. Today, Casino Aztar has become one of Evansville’s largest employers with almost 950 team members and has established itself as a leading corporate citizen.
Over the past 17 years, Casino Aztar has invested over $212 million into the development of their Riverfront Park location with many milestone developments: Riverfront Pavilion in 1996; Casino Aztar Hotel in 1996; Aztar Executive Conference Center in 2004; and $40 million Entertainment District featuring the Le Merigot Hotel, Blush Ultralounge and restaurant venues in 2006.
In 2010, Casino Aztar emerged from bankruptcy from former owner Columbia Sussex with a new company -- Tropicana Entertainment, Inc. At that time, the City of Evansville formed a new relationship with Tropicana Entertainment, Inc. and ushered in a new era of prosperity for Casino Aztar. Additional improvements of hundreds of new slot and gaming machines, a pedestrian bridge connecting the boutique Le Merigot hotel directly with the gaming floor and pavilion amenities, and a recent renovation to the Casino Aztar Hotel worth more than $6 million have been highlights of a capital investment plan over the last three years that has totaled over $19.3 million.
Casino Aztar will be rebranded as Tropicana Evansville in June 2013.
Guests can look for additional changes in the near future to launch the new brand in June, including a stronger sense of arrival to the downtown casino property complimenting the customer service and fun gaming experience. A full slate of rebranding events to celebrate the transition to Tropicana Evansville will be announced in the near future.
Tropicana Entertainment Inc. owns and operates 7 casinos and resorts in Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and New Jersey. In addition, the company owns a development property in Aruba. Tropicana Entertainment properties collectively have 5,750 rooms, 8,300 slot positions and 240 table games.
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Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, an in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.