Seminole Tribe Debuts $25 Million Makeover to 1979 Bingo Hall

The six-month $25 million renovation on the Seminole Tribe's first high-stakes bingo hall, opened in Hollywood, Florida in 1979, is complete. Now called the Seminole Classic Casino, the tribe celebrated its grand reopening last night with special guests and specials. The full-fledged casino offers bingo, slots and table games.

The tribe considered tearing down the gaming facility when it opened the Hard Rock in 2004. But Seminole Gaming CEO James Allen is glad the tribe kept this piece of history operating, and the locals remain loyal customers.

"That was our original vision, but keeping it was one of the smartest decisions we ever made," Seminole Gaming CEO James Allen told The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "It's truly a valuable part of our business."

Seminole Development and Construction, a new partnership between the tribe and Stiles Construction, is responsible for the makeover. The tribe is applying for 8(a) status with the new company, reported

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