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Owner Marian Ilitch Completes $300 million Expansion of the MotorCity Casino Hotel;
Expects the 400 room Hotel and Entertainment Center to Help Make Downtown
Detroit a Destination for Leisure and Business Travelers

DETROIT, Sept. 12, 2008 - The only locally owned and operated casino-hotel in Detroit will debut its complete entertainment destination tonight, celebrating the end of a $300 million, three year expansion and renovation of the site. The project includes the expansion and renovation of the casino's gaming floor, the building of a 400-room hotel, spa and fine dining restaurant, and the addition of a 1,886 seat live entertainment theater, expansive meeting space, retail areas and several food outlets.

MotorCity Casino, originally opened in December 1999, was built to incorporate the former Wonder Bread Bakery. As part of the expansion and renovation project, a corner of the historic Wagner Baking Company building was reconstructed to preserve an iconic piece of Detroit history.

"My dream to help make Detroit a destination city has come true through the expansion of this magnificent property," said Marian Ilitch, owner, MotorCity Casino Hotel. "Gamers, spa-goers, music fans, business and leisure travelers, and everyone in between will be overwhelmed by the variety of entertainment and activities at the new MotorCity."

Tonight's party theme, "Detroit Rock City" celebrates the city and the region's musical heritage, and will pay tribute to several music genres through a variety of entertainment acts, decor, activities and refreshments.

In addition to its 100,000 sq. ft. gaming floor, offering 3,000 slot machines, more than 60 table games and a non-smoking poker room, MotorCity Casino Hotel's new entertainment, dining and leisure activities include:

  • SOUND BOARD THEATER: This intimate, live performance venue with 1,886 seats will feature national musical talent. The smoke-free OVERDRIVE bar, located at the entrance to the theater and a short distance from the hotel lobby, is a great gathering spot before the show or after work.
  • SPECTATORS: A sports bar located on the ground level of the casino with large screen high definition monitors to view all major college and professional sports broadcasts. Food offerings include Little Caesars(R) Pizza, wings, BBQ ribs, and more with an expansive variety of Michigan micro brews.
  • STRUT: Centrally located inside the main casino entrance, this principal meeting place is open 24-hours and features bar-top video slots.
  • AMNESIA: This premiere Detroit ultra-lounge located high atop MotorCity Casino Hotel offers spectacular city views, state of the art lighting and sound featuring guest DJs, live entertainment and VIP bottle service.
  • CHROMATICS LOUNGE: A stage bar that hosts local and nationally known musicians daily.
  • IRIDESCENCE: Detroit's only AAA Four Diamond restaurant featuring spectacular views of the city, Modern American cuisine, signature desserts and an extensive wine list
  • MCC Flames : A full-service bistro offering continental cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night dining with exciting starters, gorgeous salads, delightful pasta dishes, huge sandwiches, perfectly-prepared steaks, seafood, ribs, and chicken.
  • Assembly Line BUFFET: A new concept in buffet dining featuring made to order action-stations: custom-made salads, a sushi bar, homemade soups, artesian breads and mouth watering desserts, pastries, and gelato.
  • High Octane Cafe: An Americana-style cafe offering organic hand-made coffee drinks, gourmet sandwich melts, hand dipped ice cream and a selection of pastries baked on site.
  • MCC Pit Stop: An impressive selection of hot and cold mile-high sandwiches and gourmet hamburgers, fresh-cut fries and milkshakes.
  • HOTEL: MotorCity's 400 guest rooms, including 33 one- and two-bedroom suites, offer the best in luxury accommodations and service in the City with imported bed linens, a pillow library, large marble bathrooms with separate soaking tubs, sumptuous bath linens and bathrobes, a high-tech work station with ergonomic chair, turndown service daily.
  • D.TOUR Spa & Fitness: Defining the urban spa experience, this 8,000 sq. ft. oasis offers an energized selection of massage and body treatments. Extended hours allow late arriving hotel guests to book same-day services. The 24-hour fitness center provides guests with state-of-the art cardio and weight equipment, with personal viewing screens and iPod docking stations on all cardio machines.
  • MEETINGS, CONFERENCES & SOCIAL EVENTS: Let MotorCity Casino Hotel's dedicated meeting professionals help you plan your next gathering of any size in its 67,000 sq. ft. of event and banquet space, including pre-function areas, 7 meeting rooms and 2 board rooms. The dedicated banquet chef and expansive on-site catering menus will ensure you have a fine dining experience in a banquet setting.

For more information about MotorCity Casino Hotel, or to make a reservation, visit or call 1-888-STAY-MCC. 


MotorCity Casino Hotel 
Jacci Woods of MotorCity Casino Hotel, 

Also See: MotorCity Casino Owner, Marian Ilitch, Starts Construction of 17-story, 400-room Luxury Hotel and Additional Gaming Space in Downtown Detroit / December 2005
Asaad Farag Named Vice President of Hotel Operations for MotorCity Casino Hotel; Hotel Rooms Expected to Bring New Level of Hospitality to Detroit Business and Leisure Travelers / July 2007

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