Harrah's Casino New Orleans Marks 10th Anniversary on Halloween
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA --
The Harrah's Casino in New Orleans has taken a long and winding road to reach its tenth year of operation, which it will celebrate this Halloween weekend. The gambling venue, which sits near the junctions of the Mississippi River, the French Quarter, and Canal Street, will host CEO Gary Loveman and the board of directors over one of New Orleans' favorite holidays.
After a rough start featuring the casino declaring bankruptcy and having to renegotiate its deal with the state, the casino began to establish itself. But then the calamity known as Hurricane Katrina sent the entire city into intensive care, and only dogged efforts by city and state workers throughout the area and Harrah's employees at the casino led to a revival of operations after six months shuttered.
But the casino has persevered, winning over local merchants and shop owners who worried that the casino would alter demographics in the neighborhood and destroy restaurant business with cheap buffets. Instead, the casino has acted in concert with the natural French Quarter draw to pack the streets with tourists, creating business for all.
"Surely the casino has gone from a very controversial project in the middle of the city to something I think that now is part of the identity of the city," said Loveman.
Halloween is perhaps the second-most popular New Orleans holiday, following only Mardi Gras. With the undefeated New Orleans Saints hosting a Monday Night Football broadcast against the Atlanta Falcons, and the city's popular VooDoo Music Festival bringing 100,000 fans into town to watch KISS, Eminem, Lenny Kravitz, and Jane's Addiction front 100 bands and artists, the casino anniversary will surely find gambling tables packed to the rim.
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