Casino Miami working on $20 million in upgrades

It was first built for jai-alai more than 80 years ago, and slot machines have occupied it for only five, so understandably, there’s a lot of upgrading to do at Casino Miami. That explains the construction fences and signage on the property, which will go away within months, CEO Dave Jonas said.
The upgrade will cost about $20 million, and begins with a revamped entryway.
“We’re bringing it into 2016, making it something that we can be proud of,” Jonas said. “When we’re done the whole sense of arrival should look like what you’d expect at a Las Vegas casino.”

The first phase of the façade will be done by the end of June, Jonas said, and the entire project should be finished within a year.

The casino had originally budgeted $15 million for upgrades — half for the outside and half for the inside. Another $5 million will be spent on revamping the roof and the restrooms.

Additions include adding a new whisky bar, “Whiskies,” and a bar named MIA (for the nearby Miami International Airport). Casino Miami opened Club Rio inside the facility more than a year ago and will upgrade it and include electronic table games for a sophisticated area designed to draw a younger clientele — something vital in the gambling game, he said.

Finally, there will be a yet-unnamed sports bar, with “very big” TV screens.

“We really adding spaces while working within a fairly limited budget,” Jonas said. “We’re trying to add spaces that create reasons for people to show up.”

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