As Horseshoe Cleveland prepares to blow out the candles on its third anniversary cake on May 14, Ohio’s first casino is reflecting on the indelible mark it has already left on downtown and the region.
In just three short years, Horseshoe has brought more than 13 million visits downtown, comped $4.4 million in meals at local restaurants and booked nearly 100,000 hotel rooms at downtown hotels.
“Horseshoe is an active participant in downtown’s resurgence and has become a part of the city’s fabric in a very short time,” said Marcus Glover, senior vice president and general manager of Horseshoe Cleveland. “We’re proud to have brought a new and exciting form of entertainment to the region and we plan to keep the momentum going for many years to come.”
When Horseshoe opened as Ohio’s first casino on May 14, 2012, it delivered on its promise to create 1,600 new jobs, 90% of which have been filled by local residents. There are also several hundred people employed by third parties working at the casino. Together, these jobs have resulted in $147 million in payroll over three years.
Greater Cleveland Hits the Jackpot
As Ohio’s top-performing casino, Horseshoe continues to generate the highest revenue of any casino in the state. In its first three years, Horseshoe Cleveland provided $48.7 million in tax revenue to Cuyahoga and the surrounding counties, $11.4 million in tax revenue to the city, and $7.4 million in tax revenue to the Cleveland Municipal School District.
Horseshoe guests played lucky as they cashed in more than $181 million in jackpots.
But the benefits to the region continue far outside the doors of the casino. Horseshoe employees are encouraged to find ways to improve their hometown. In Horseshoe’s first three years, its employees spent more than 14,000 hours volunteering in the community by working with charities such as the Salvation Army, the Cleveland Animal Protective League and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
Greater Cleveland is also becoming a healthier place to live, thanks to a recently enhanced recycling program at the Horseshoe. The casino now recycles 90% of its waste – making it the top recycler of any Caesars Entertainment property.
“We’ve made such a positive impact in our first three years but we’re just getting started,” Glover said. “We’ll up the ante going forward to assist in the resurgence of downtown Cleveland and to make Northeast Ohio a premier place to live, work and play.”
Horseshoe is celebrating its third anniversary with the $125,000 Downtown Cleveland Legendary Experience. Through May 28, guests can swipe their Total Rewards card at a promotional kiosk at the casino to receive game pieces. The more guests play, the more game pieces they can earn to win prizes such as free slot play, tickets to downtown attractions or dinner at a downtown restaurant.
The casino’s goal is to help guests experience all that downtown has to offer, which was a promise the Horseshoe made to Cleveland before opening and a promise it has kept in its first three years.
In addition, guests visiting the Horseshoe for lunch during the casino’s anniversary week of May 11-15 can receive $3 off The Spread buffet with a Total Rewards card. Lunch is served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Spread.