Business Tour of
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
September 19, 2017
Join us for an insiders look at this incredible business and Oh! Did we mention it's the 6th largest casino in the world and it's right here in your backyard. Whether you gamble or not the story and the business behind it are certainly noteworthy!
In 1980, while excavating to build a parking garage in downtown Tampa, Indian remains were discovered. They were exhumed and relocated to 8.3 acres of land east of Tampa, that was granted reservation status to the Seminole Tribe one year later. Taking advantage of reservation status, the tribe opened a museum, a smoke shop and a high-stakes bingo hall by 1982. Eventually a Four Points Sheraton Hotel opened on the land, and slot machines and poker were added to games offered. In 2000, the Seminoles announced plans to rebuild the casino as a Hard Rock Casino. The Hard Rock Casino opened in 2003, with the hotel opening the following year. Over time, the Florida legislature has changed laws allowing new games at the casino, including Vegas-style slot machines and blackjack. Major expansions of the casino are always continuing. Aside from the casino, the hotel has a 12-story tower, a pool, a fitness center and five parking garages. There are many restaurants, including the locally acclaimed Council Oak Steak House, an international food court, a large Hard Rock Cafe, which regularly hosts live stage performances, a 24-hour buffet, a sushi bar and a bakery/cafe, as well as others. For shopping there are multiple stores, including the Rain Maker tribal gift shop, the Hard Rock Store and a Seminole Smoke Shop. There are also multiple bars located around the casino floor, including the Lobby Bar, the Center Bar and others. Additional features include a non-smoking game room and a high-rollers club room. Musical memorabilia exhibits can be found throughout the entire complex. The 190,000+ square foot casino is the fourth-largest in the United States and sixth-largest in the world. It features over 5,000 Vegas-style slot machines and over 110 tables.