Two years after the completion of the new event center at Fallsview Casino Resort, the 5,000-seat venue is still out of operation. In the summer, the gaming property announced several live entertainment shows for amenity on its website. However, in a recent message, the website now displays text that all entertainment in the venue is on hold.
The project for the new event center was first announced in 2017 and was originally scheduled to open in early 2019, but was postponed to the end of 2019 due to a statewide sheet metal strike. Work then continued in early 2020, with unprecedented conditions hitting the world further delaying the opening.
Fallsview Casino Resort closed in March 2020 as unprecedented events hit the casino industry, announcing some events for millions of event centers that were not operational until July 2021, when Ontario relaxed health protocols, but moving to the casino’s current venue, the 1500-seat Avalon Theater.
However, to the dismay of many, the Ontario Lottery and Game Company and Niagara Falls Casino have not provided an update on why the event center has not yet started. The situation has even rattled Niagara Falls’ mayor Jim Diodati, who hoped the new theater would be a decisive part of the city’s summer tourism season.
The mayor said he was frustrated by the situation in the theater. He pointed out that the theater should have opened months ago. But the fact that the door didn’t open made him quite loud and aggressive. According to him, he said he will bring famous performers and tourists to the city.
Despite opening in July 2021, the live show did not return from the Avalon Theatre until November 2021. Previously, Niagara Casino President Richard Taylor said the company was preparing to launch. He said the open and show dates will provide more updates in the near future as they still have to work with casino partners.
In addition, Mr Diodati noted that there are some problems with the specifications of the building and that some intellectual phenomena are occurring now. He says he doesn’t know who’s at fault with the problem and just wants to see it and run it. OLG will start a new event center by September or October 2022, it added.
Meanwhile, Niagara Falls last month received a Q4 non-tax game revenue allocation from OLG. These payments are quarterly payments issued to municipalities for the hosting of Casino Niagara and Niagara Fallsview Casino Resorts. In the fourth quarter of last fiscal year, it reached an impressive $2.9 million. Since the two casinos opened, the city has earned more than $175 million in gaming revenue.