The grand opening of the hotel at Live! Casino and Hotel on July 11 was also an opportunity to publicize the first entertainers that will appear in the events center portion of the new building.
The Live! hotel, with 310 rooms and suites, was introduced in June and has been accepting reservations for more than a month. But the grand opening festivities underscored the prominence of the building, especially in terms of what its contribution will be to Anne Arundel County and the Baltimore region in general.
The events center, which was on public display, will be the setting for local high school and community college graduations as well as corporate gatherings, professional conferences and weddings.
However, the events center now also allows Live! Casino and Hotel to bring in the type of entertainment customers typically associate with Las Vegas. The center is being rolled out in two phases. The first phase, already completed, has 1,500 seats. The second phase will increase capacity to 4,000 seats.
The first entertainer in the new events center will be comedian Ken Jeong on July 20. Jeong is best known from his appearances all three "Hangover" comedy movies as funny bad guy Leslie Chow. Jeong also starred in his own TV sitcom, "Dr. Ken."
A partial list of other acts scheduled for the events center are: "I Love the '90s," a tribute to that era's music with Salt-N-Peppa, Vanilla Ice, and Young MC (July 27-28); America (Aug. 10-11); Dennis Miller (Aug. 25); Thunder from Down Under (Aug. 31-Sept. 1); Tracy Morgan (Oct. 20), and Sheila E. (Oct. 27).
The grand opening featured a fistful of sport celebrities, including ex-NBA star Julius Erving, and state and county officials, including lieutenant governor Boyd Rutherford, as well as a performance by aerial vertical dance troupe BANDALOOP, who danced along the side of the building.
Also introduced were amenities that cater to the highest of high rollers -- a private gaming area on the top floor of the 17-story tower (two blackjack tables, baccarat table, roulette wheel and private bar) and three penthouse suites, including the West Wing with a private terrace.
Another new rollout was the hotel's spa which offers a full menu of massage therapies, body polishes and wraps, and skin care treatments.
The hotel also adds two new eateries to the gaming complex. David's is a 24-hour dining room that straddles casual and stylish, and Luckies is a fine pastry and coffee shop.
However, the hallmark of the hotel is its collection of art curated by Suzi Cordish, wife of Cordish Companies chairman David Cordish, that includes more than 40 pieces that lend the hotel an air of a contemporary art gallery.
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