CLEVELAND -- The developer of Cleveland's new casino says he believes the facility, along with "other new and exciting developments," will be the "shot in the arm" that the city needs.
"From the time that we embarked on this $350 million casino development, we have looked for ways to create a more powerful impact for downtown Cleveland and our guests," said Gilbert, who is also majority owner of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and chairman and founder of Quicken Loans, Inc. "We have doubled down on our commitments to Ohio. We believe more than ever that Horseshoe Cleveland -- combined with the many other new and exciting developments under way in this city -- will be a big shot in the arm for this hard-working community."
During Monday night's grand opening, Gilbert was joined by Caesars Entertainment Corporation CEO and President Gary Loveman. The Horseshoe Casino -- Cleveland is a joint venture between Gilbert's Rock Gaming LLC and Caesars.
"It is a genuine pleasure to finally bring the Horseshoe brand and its legacy of great hospitality as well as our Total Rewards loyalty program to this exciting new market," Loveman said. "Our team members are proud to play a part in bringing Ohio's first casino to the city of Cleveland."
Gilbert thanked the "thousands" of people who were involved in the project and "the voters and citizens of Ohio who entrusted in us two and a half years ago and passed Issue Three."
"We plan on delivering on every promise that we made and make this a great asset to the entire community of Cleveland," he said.
Issue Three was the ballot issue that proposed casino gambling for several Ohio cities. The Cleveland casino is the first to open.
"This is an urban casino designed and developed to invigorate downtown Cleveland and make downtown Cleveland an entertainment center" Gilbert said, adding that the intended goal was to "capture the soul of Cleveland" with a design aimed at making it "feel like Cleveland."
The casino is located in the old Higbee Department Store building on Public Square.