On Friday, legislative approval was granted to Harrah’s New Orleans Casino to begin work on a new entertainment venue to be added to the property. The casino would like to provide a space for young adults that are just not quite old enough to enter the gaming facility. The facility would most likely be used for live entertainment acts in a space separate from the casino operations. Several options for entertainment are being considered for the new venue.
Individuals have to be 21 years of age or older to be able to enter the gambling area of Harrah’s. This restriction will not change but legislators have decided to modify the contract that states those under the age of 21 are to be granted entry into the casino venues second floor to access an entertainment facility.
The casino’s second floor consists of around 90,000 square feet of space that is currently being used for storage. The space is quite large and being unused, so it would make the perfect spot for the entertainment venue. The casino operator has been in talks with Live Nation Entertainment discussing different options for entertainment. The Live Nation Entertainment group books concerts and other types of live shows across the globe.
With the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget making the decision, the management team of the New Orleans gaming venue will be able to hire designers and architects to begin looking for possible uses for the second floor area, according to the Advocate.com. Options that are being considered include a restaurant, dance floor or theater. The second floor would have to have direct access added because individuals who are under the age of 21 are not allowed to legal enter the casino space.
Ideas by the casino managers will need to be approved by Caesars Entertainment Corp., before a project can move forward. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board as well as authorities of the city will need to give approval. This process would take around 18 months before completed.