This past week marked the 25thanniversary of the opening of Casino Windsor, now Caesars Windsor on the Detroit River in Canada right across from the City of Detroit. “Since opening, we’ve been the number one tourist desitination in our market,” Kevin Laforet, President of Caesars Windsor told the Windsor Star.  He further said that the casino welcomes 3.5 million guests per year at the facility.  In connection with the celebration of the anniversary, Caesars Windsor released a video on Twitter.

The City of Windsor joined in the celebration of the event by releasing a video thanking the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission for supporting the community.  Drew Dilkins, Mayor of the City of Windsor said the following:

“Being the host city of Caesars Windsor and sharing the bond of partnership, friendship, and support with OLG has had a lasting impact on the Windsor-Essex Community.  . . . OLG’s investments have helped to make our City one of Ontario’s best.” 

Casino Windsor was the first casino to open in the Detroit/Windsor region on May 14, 1994.  Its opening triggered further interest on the part of residents of the state of Michigan for casino offerings within the City of Detroit.  During the campaign for a voter referendum to approve commercial casino gambling in Detroit, a key television ad showed former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer standing by the riverfront showing the constant flow of gaming customers crossing the Ambassador Bridge to go to the Windsor Casino. Ultimately, the voters passed a referendum in 1996 authorizing the three casinos located in the City of Detroit.


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