Gateway CEO Tours Local Leaders Through the Construction of Grand Villa Edmonton in ICE District

Mayor Don Iveson, MLA David Shepherd and Councillor Scott McKeen tour Edmonton's newest gaming and entertainment destination

EDMONTON, June 8, 2016 /CNW/ - Gateway Casinos & Entertainment (Gateway) today hosted a first-look tour of its newest property in Edmonton's ICE District. Tony Santo, CEO of Gateway, was pleased to be joined by Mayor Don Iveson, MLA David Shepherd and Councillor Scott McKeen as he led a hardhat tour through the construction of Grand Villa Edmonton.

Mr. Santo also announced that along with Gateway's signature restaurants, Match Eatery and Public House and Atlas Steak and Fish, the Grand Villa will partner with Vera's Burger Shack, Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt, Sbarro Pizza and Starbucks.

"We are excited about the progress we're making in ICE District," said Tony Santo, CEO of Gateway. "Along with the new restaurants and amenities we announced today, and more to come in the future, the Grand Villa Edmonton will provide our guests with an incomparable escape from their daily life as we redefine entertainment in Edmonton."

The project 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.

On June 15, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 3p.m. MDT, Gateway will be hosting another job fair at the Matrix Hotel.  Gateway is looking to fill a number of roles including dealers, sous chefs, bartenders, and slot attendants.  Interviews will be conducted on site at the Matrix Hotel.  More details on the job opportunities are available at

With over 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. A grand opening is scheduled for fall 2016.

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, heartstopping 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 the Winter Garden, 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, 604-539-4435,; 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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