Plans include a new 60,000-square foot casino adjacent to the 58-year-old jai-alai, and offering patrons slot machines, poker & table games, and a new lounge and casino bar. Dania Entertainment Center said it plans to add a buffet style restaurant, two casual eateries, a fine dining restaurant with a performance stage and dinner theater style seating. a night club, lounge and day club with pool and cabanas. The company also plans to reduce seating in the fronton from 5,000 to 1,800 seats and convert it to a “multi-purpose live performance venue” when the hall is closed for live jai-Alai.
With this expansion, Dania Jai-Alai wouldl be the fourth Broward pari-mutuel to add slots since 2005, when a referendum allowed the operation of slot machines at South Florida casinos. But while other casinos, including Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino and the Isle Casino & Racing have been offering slot games for the last four years, Dania Jai-Alai’s former owner & operator, Boyd Gaming, suspended the casino remodeling and expansions plans, citing a series of reasons ranging from unfavorable slot tax rate from the state to heavy competition from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. Currently, Dania Jai-Alai is the only pari-mutuel in South Florida that does not have slot machines.
On May 2, Las Vegas based operator, Boyd Gaming, announced it was selling the fronton to Dania Entertainment Center LLC for $80 million. Now the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering must approve the company’s application for a business license.