CHEROKEE, N.C. -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Harrah's
Entertainment Inc. celebrated the opening of the $82 million
Harrah's Cherokee Smoky Mountains Casino here with festivities that
included a performance by the American Indian Dance Theatre.
The 175,000-square-foot casino complex, which encompasses 37
acres adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is the
third tribal-owned gaming facility managed by Harrah's and the only
facility of its kind between Tunica, Miss., and Atlantic City,
The casino portion of the complex, which totals 50,000 square
feet, includes more than 1,800 video gaming machines.
The property has three restaurants: the Fresh Market Buffet, the
Range Steak House and the Winning Streaks Grill.
In addition, the 20,000-square-foot Cherokee Pavilion event
center has booked such entertainers as Pat Benatar and the Four
To reach the casino, the number is (800) HARRAHS or (704)
In other Harrah's news, the company said it is planning to open
an all-suite hotel in early 1999 adjacent the Harrah's Joliet
riverboat casino in Joliet, Ill. Plans call for the 210-room
Harrah's Joliet to include an 8,000-square-foot ballroom, a
3,000-square-foot VIP lounge and a skyway connection bridge to the