Gateway Casinos completes $57m Starlight Edmonton metamorphosis

Gateway Casino and Entertainment has announced the completion of the transformation and expansion of its Palace Casino to Starlight Casino, with an official unveiling scheduled for Wednesday 26 September.

The $57m construction project, which created in excess of 300 new jobs, sees the Edmonton property’s latest development include 120,000 square feet of entertainment space with 32 gaming tables, 8-table poker room, 768 slots, the addition of VIP gaming with private salons and six unique restaurants.

Gateway also announces that the Starlight Casino employees have selected The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation as the charity partner for the grand opening festivities.

From September 26th to October 31st, donations will be made to The Stollery in support of the important work that they do in Edmonton throughout the province, to give the sickest kids the best chance to live a long and healthy life.

“We are very excited to officially launch the new Starlight Casino Edmonton,” said Tony Santo, Gateway CEO. “It represents Gateway’s largest redevelopment investment in Western Canada with a $57m capital investment and over 300 new jobs. I know that Starlight, along with our Grand Villa location at ICE District, will be a significant addition to the entertainment landscape in Edmonton.”

Gateway details that its Starlight Casino brand will “provide guests with the glitz, glamour and vintage feel of retro Vegas in a high energy atmosphere, centred around dining, gaming and entertainment experiences”.

Community leaders and customers will celebrate at the Grand Opening festivities on September 26, starting with an official media launch and party hosted by NHL star Jason Strudwick.  

A host of live entertainment will be on offer throughout the entire weekend, across the whole property, which will be packed full of giveaways, food and beverage specials and a few surprises along the way.

Stating that “Starlight Casino Edmonton joins Grand Villa Edmonton as Edmonton’s premier entertainment ,” both projects undertaken have seen Gateway invest approximately $90m in the local economy, and create over 550 new jobs.