The Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada opened publicly on June 10, 2004. This $1 billion complex with a belle époque theme overlooks the Horseshoe Falls and is one of the most prominent features of the Niagara skyline. The site was once the transformer station building for the Ontario Power Company station at the foot of Horseshoe Falls.
Planning for the resort began by the Ontario Casino Corporation as soon as the temporary facility Casino Niagara was opened in 1996.
Construction began in 2001 and the resort opened in June, 2004.
Due to market demand and its prime location, the temporary facility was kept open and continues to operate as of 2010.
The east facade of the complex retains the walls of the terrace and front entrance of the transformer station built in 1904. The area where the transformers resided is now the Grand Hall Convention halls.
At the main entrance is a water feature called 'The Teslatron' with a transformer like fixture. A light, water and sound show brings the fountain alive for five minutes. At street level there is a fountain that varies its height with the wind so as not to wet pedestrians and passing cars.
Facts and Figures
Entire complex area: 2,500,000 sq ft (232,000 m2)
Casino floor area: 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2)
Gaming tables: 150
Slot machines: 3000
Concert Showroom (Avalon Ballroom) with 1500 seats: 1
Minimum age for gambling: 19
Hotel rooms/suites: 368
Heath/fitness spa area: 15,000 sq ft (1,400 m2)
Wedding Chapel: 1
Galleria Shopping Center
Parking Spots in parking garage: 3,000
Parking Rates: $10 ($30 on holiday weekends) or free with a Players Advantage Card while you are visiting the resort.
The casino has a 35-floor 374-room hotel rising from above the casino complex.