By: Ismael Rodriguez

The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming showcased the $1.5 billion expansion project planned for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood last week.

The expansion project will revolve around a colossal guitar-shaped tower measuring 450 feet. The casino will also have 3,267 slot machines, 178 table games and a new poker room that expands 18,000 square feet, according to a press release from Seminole Gaming. The plan is to double in size, which will include 60,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space and a $100 million, 7, 000-seat concert venue.

The project also adds 806 guestrooms and suites, most of which will sit in the guitar-shaped tower, a 7-story pool tower, restaurants, lounges, a business center and a 41,000-square foot spa.

James F. Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming and Chairman of Hard Rock International, partnered with Las Vegas-based Klai Juba Wald Architects among other firms to create the expansion project.

The venue is expected to open in mid-2019.