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Seminole Casino to Unveil $22 Million Expansion February 12

Press Release,  Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 10:44:00 PM

Seminole Casino Immokalee will unveil its $22 million renovation on Thursday, February 12 at 11 a.m. with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's Ty Pennington who will lead "the reveal". The Southwest Florida gaming destination has doubled its space for additional slot machines, added a New York-style deli, an upscale Player's Club and a new lounge with a live entertainment stage. The building has received major exterior renovations and has added valet parking service. The expansion also brings almost 600 new employees to work at the Immokalee casino.

"We're excited and very proud to announce that Southwest Florida will soon have the most modern, full service and beautiful environment at Seminole Casino Immokalee, where Florida residents and visitors can come to play, relax, and enjoy themselves," said Tony Sanchez, general manager.

The 43,700-square-foot expansion will bring the casino to a total of 75,600 square feet and the number of Las Vegas-style slot and gaming machines to a total of 1,100. More importantly, the expansion will result in much needed amenities, as gaming's appeal and the region's population have grown greatly since the property opened in 1994. Seminole Casino Immokalee is the only 24-hour gaming facility in Southwest Florida.

The new, full-service, 112-seat, New York-style 1st Street Deli will offer patrons the option of breakfast at the casino for the first time, and will also serve lunch and dinner daily.

Zig Zag Bar is a new, approximately 2,000-square-foot lounge designed to be open on all sides for easy access to the adjacent casino. On one end of the bar, a 10-by-10-square-foot stage will act as a platform for live performances as well as an area for guest and area disc jockeys. Zig Zag Bar's decor - as with the entire facility - will be tribal, with accent lighting around the soffit and in the decorative planters in a partial wall around the perimeter of the entire lounge. Three, 40-inch plasma television screens and one, 103-inch screen at the bar will air favorite sporting events and other entertainment.

Plans also call for a renovation of the popular 5,100-square-foot EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill and its accompanying bar.

The new Player's Club features seven stations for patron service at the front counter, two plasma televisions for promotions and two built-in glass cabinets to display Player's Club prizes added. A second Player's Club will be located near the Event Pavilion to assist during peak times and for special events. There will be four stations at that location plus three satellite stations on wheels. As with all renovated areas of the casino, the motif and colors are Seminole Indian-themed, with swirling and bold earth palettes of red, yellow, black and aqua.

Two new casino host offices totaling 320 square feet with an accompanying 215-square-foot reception area adjacent to the casino will house the destination's newly expanded host program.

An outdoor 130-by-80-foot event pavilion seating up to 750 guests will be used for casino VIP promotional and larger entertainment events, similar to the Blood Sweat & Tears concert that was held on Nov. 29.

As part of the project, approximately 400 well-lit new parking spaces are being created on 3.7 acres of additional land, bringing the total of parking spaces to 1,138 including 28 handicapped spaces.

Friedmutter Group Architecture & Interior Design Studios of Las Vegas, a highly regarded international design, architecture, and master planning firm specializing in large multi-use hospitality, casino, and entertainment projects, oversaw the expansion design and construction. In addition to the Seminole Casino Immokalee, Friedmutter Group Architecture & Interior Design Studios supervised the design and construction of Seminole Casino Coconut Creek's Fresh Harvest restaurant and Nectar lounge and other notable projects including Station Casinos' Four Diamond Award-winning Green Valley Ranch Resort, the exciting new Red Rock Resort, Casino, Spa and the ground-breaking Cosmopolitan Resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

Construction, itself, was handled by Naples-based Kraft Construction, the largest privately held general building contractor in Florida. Kraft has played a key role in the evolution of Florida's West Coast skyline since 1968. The company builds high and low-rise condominiums, commercial office buildings, mixed-use projects, K-12 schools, universities, government, health care facilities, hotels, and lifestyle community clubhouses and facilities.

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