Ontario: New $130 million 5,000-seat entertainment center another draw for Fallsview Casino

February 21, 2023 10:17 AM

Ontario: New $130 million 5,000-seat entertainment center another draw for Fallsview Casino

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  • Mark Keast, CDC Gaming Reports
February 21, 2023 10:17 AM
  • Mark Keast, CDC Gaming Reports
  • Ontario
  • Commercial Casinos

The new OLG Stage at Fallsview Casino on the Ontario side of Niagara Falls officially opens its doors with a Billy Joel concert this Saturday, but not before giving the media a quick behind-the-scenes tour of the new facility. Designers and architects provided the tour of the $130 million 5,000-seat theater, which an OLG spokesperson said was part of the “official grand opening,” along with the Joel concert.

OLG doesn’t own the facility. A consortium called Niagara Falls Entertainment Partners was chosen through a procurement process and is responsible for all development-capital and maintenance costs associated with the entertainment venue.

The entertainment programming is overseen by MGE Niagara Entertainment Inc. (Mohegan), the company that runs the day-to-day operations of Fallsview Casino and Casino Niagara. OLG has the naming rights to OLG Stage.

The new 200,000-square-foot venue boasts state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, along with unobstructed views from every seat. With four levels of seating, no seat is more than 150 feet from the stage.

Work on the facility started in 2017 and was completed in spring 2020, but the pandemic prevented the facility from opening at that time. That gave them time to test all aspects of the facility, including acoustics and lighting, to make sure everything was performance ready, said the OLG spokesperson, commonplace for a venue of that size and caliber.

The first act to go in was “Canada’s Got Talent” in fall 2022 and several more acts have performed in the venue since then.

As Richard Taylor, president of Niagara Casinos said, the facility will increase visitation to Niagara, extend hotel stays, enhance the customer experience — and help get people into the casino.