Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Announces the Grand Opening of Grand Villa Edmonton on September 7, 2016

The Grand Villa Edmonton is the first major attraction in ICE District set to open its doors.

EDMONTON, Aug. 4, 2016 /CNW/ - Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (Gateway) today announced that the Grand Villa Edmonton will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, September 7 at 7pm. Gateway's newest property in ICE District will have 60,000 square feet of entertainment space, 24 gaming tables and 600 slots; the Grand Villa will be an exceptional addition to Edmonton's vibrant and rejuvenated downtown.

Hosted by Edmonton's very own Jason Strudwick, guests will have a first look at ICE District's incomparable entertainment destination, enjoy Gateway's signature restaurant Match Eatery & Public House and see Mourning Wood, one of Alberta's most beloved rock cover bands, perform some of their greatest hits. Later in the evening, Edmonton's DJ Smith & Nephew will entertain guests with music that crosses all genres and appeals to all.

"We are thrilled to announce the date for the Grand Opening of the Grand Villa," said Tony Santo, CEO of Gateway. "I am excited to show Edmonton and all of Alberta our premier destination for entertainment, dining and gaming. Grand Villa will truly have something for everyone."

From August 22nd to September 2nd be sure to listen to 96.3 Capital FM and K 97 Classic Rock daily to Win Your Way In to the Exclusive VIP Celebration.

September 7th will be an evening to remember; Packed full of giveaways, food & beverage specials and a few surprises throughout the night. The first 200 people through the doors at 7pm will get a lucky envelope that could contain up to $100 in Free Play/Match Play. Also, at 7pm we will launch the $100,000 Grand Giveaway kiosk. Player Rewards Club members will be able to swipe their rewards card for a chance to win instant prizes and weekly cash draws.

The Grand Villa Edmonton will bring up to 200 new permanent jobs and a $32 million investment to the Edmonton economy. In addition to this long-term investment, the project will result in 450 person-years of construction employment.

For more information on the Grand Opening Celebrations, please visit For the latest news, follow Grand Villa Casino on Facebook and Twitter @GrandVillaYEG.

About Grand Villa Casino Edmonton
Grand Villa Edmonton is a first-class entertainment and gaming destination, located in the heart and hub of downtown Edmonton. Over 60,000 square feet of entertainment space featuring live music, gaming, and 7 dining options, including Gateway's signature Match Eatery & Public House and Atlas Steak + Fish, their new fine dining restaurant. An incomparable entertainment, dining and gaming experience will await you at the Grand Villa Edmonton.

About Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment is one of Canada's premier gaming and entertainment operators. Gateway Casinos & Entertainment strives to bring together the best in gaming, entertainment and dining to ensure a memorable experience for all guests. Through 18 properties, over 3,800 employees, 200 tables and over 6,100 slots machines, 36 restaurants and 1000 hotel rooms Gateway Casinos & Entertainment does not only bring the highest quality entertainment to visitors - but also provides well-paying jobs while generating important revenues for governments and communities. With over 20 successful years of Canadian gaming experience, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment is excited to build on its past towards a bigger, bolder future. 

About ICE District
ICE District will be the largest mixed-use sports and entertainment district in Canada and is already projecting an energy and feeling unlike anything Edmonton has seen before. ICE District will deliver a new era of entertainment in the form of epic concerts, heart-stopping NHL and WHL hockey, blockbuster movies, world-class gaming, boutique shopping, trendy dining and more. A humming public plaza with year-round programming will host events from festivals to public skating. All of this, just steps from sophisticated residences and premium office space. Rogers Place is being developed by the Oilers Entertainment Group and the City of Edmonton. ICE District Properties, a mixed-use development surrounding Rogers Place and Ford Hall, is being developed through a joint venture between Katz Group and WAM Development Group.

SOURCE Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited

For further information: Media Contact: Tanya Gabara, Director of Public Relations, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, T: 604-296-5052, E:; For ICE District media inquiries, please contact: Shauna MacDonald, ICE District Media Relations, T: 780-508-5099 | C: 403-585-4570 | E:


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