by Kevin Stott | The Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada – a suburb of Vancouver – opened its doors to the public on Wednesday.
Now metropolitan Vancouver’s largest casino, the Grand Villa Casino (4331 Dominion Street), the latest jewel in the crown of Gateway Casino & Entertainment – one of the largest casino operators in Canada with over 3,400 employees and nine casinos in British Columbia and Alberta – offers 100,000 square feet of gaming space over two floors and has over 1,100 state-of-the-art slot machines, 50 gaming tables as well as three exclusive Club and VIP rooms.
Along with all the gaming, Grand Villa Casino also features four restaurants and bars and a unique lounge complete with its own premium bar and dining area. The Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Center, which will be attached to the casino, is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in early 2009.
At the casino’s opening ceremonies and unveiling on Wednesday were Gateway’s CEO Dave Gadhia, His Worship Mayor Derek Corrigan, Mayor of the City of Burnaby, and Micahel Graydon, President and CEO of BCLC.
"Grand Villa Casino will be an entertainment destination where everyone can come together for great food, live entertainment and an exciting atmosphere," said Gadhia. "It’s all part of our commitment to position Gateway Casinos as a leader in the gaming industry.
"Our partnership with the BCLC has also been instrumental in the development of this world-class facility," Gadhia added of the new $180 million property. "Their vision and industry leadership has put the province at the forefront of gaming and entertainment, and the quality of the Grand Villa Casino further highlights their commitment to B.C. gaming."
The new casino features warm rustic colors, large marble columns and striking architectural features which are reminiscent of a traditional Italian Villa and showcases breathtaking mountain views throughout the complex.
"The Grand Villa Casino experience offers guests the perfect combination of elegance, upscale design, and down-to-earth fun," said Monique Wilberg, Executive VP, Gateway Casinos. "It’s guaranteed to be great entertainment at its absolute best."
For more information on the Grand Villa Casino, log on to their website at www.grandvillacasino.com. The property’s direct telephone number is (604) 436-2211.