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MotorCity Casino Hotel
Address 2901 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Opening date December 14, 1999
Theme Retro-futuristic
No. of rooms 400
Total gaming space 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2)
Permanent shows TBA
1,500+ seat theater
Casino type Land-Based
Owner IH Gaming
(Detroit Entertainment, LLC)
Website www.motorcitycasino.com

MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, Michigan is one of three casino resort hotels in the city, and one of four in the Detroit–Windsor area. The $825 million complex incorporates the historic Wagner Baking Company building designed c.1915 by architect Walter W. Ahlschlager, who went on to design the Roxy Theatre in 1927. As part of the renovation, the decorative terra cotta elements of this former bread bakery have been restored to their original condition, preserving the signature features of the 94-year old Detroit landmark. IH Gaming (Detroit Entertainment, LLC), doing business as Motor City Casino, is owned by Marian Ilitch. Mrs. Ilitch's husband Michael who is a partner in the Detroit Red Wings hockey team and owner of the Detroit Tigers baseball team is prohibited under the rules of Major League Baseball from owning any interest in gambling establishments.[1] Forbes reported in October 2006 that the gambling palace has annual revenues of $400+ million and operating income of $125 million, expected to rise to $180 million under the change in tax structure following completion of the resort.[2] Detroit is one of the largest American cities and metropolitan regions to offer casino resort hotels.[3]


Motor City Casino completed its $300 million casino-hotel expansion project in 2007. A 400-room, 33 suite hotel opened in November 2007 and features Iridescence, one of two AAA Four-Diamond restaurants in Detroit, as well as Amnesia, an upscale ultra-lounge, and D. Tour, a full-service spa. The property also offers a 67,000 sq ft (6,200 m2) meeting/convention center, several casual dining outlets including the Assembly Line Buffet, and Sound Board a 1,500+ seat live entertainment theater. Legendary hot-rod car designer Chip Foose of Huntington Beach, California was a member of the design team and was instrumental in the casino-hotel's new unique exterior and interior look.[4]


Marian Ilitch, one of the founders of the MotorCity Casino, purchased controlling interest from various minor stockholders and Mandalay Resort Group (Circus Circus Michigan)/MGM Mirage in 2005.[5] Michigan gaming laws prohibit one company from owning more than one casino property in a market, so to affect the Mandalay Resort/MGM MIRAGE merger the publicly traded companies had to divest MotorCity Casino, choosing to keep MGM Grand Detroit.[6] Mrs. Ilitch paid $525 million for Mandalay Resort Group's 53.5 percent interest in the MotorCity Casino enterprise and undertook a $300 million expansion. The acquisition was a merger in which Mandalay controlled Circus Circus Michigan, Inc. was survived by IH Gaming, Inc.[5] MotorCity Casino is not a corporate entity; rather it is a dba for the Ilitch-owned and controlled Detroit Entertainment, LLC.[7]

With Mrs. Ilitch as sole owner, MotorCity Casino Hotel is reportedly one of the largest independently owned casinos in the U.S. and likely the largest and only 100 percent female-owned casino enterprise in the United States.[8] It is also the only locally-owned casino hotel in the city of Detroit.

Mrs. Ilitch and her husband Michael Ilitch are co-founders of Little Caesar's Pizza. They are vice chairwoman and chairman respectively of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. which includes the Detroit Red Wings NHL franchise and various food service and entertainment ventures. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers MLB franchise.

MotorCity's potential should not be underestimated. Just across the river, Caesars Windsor attracts about six million visitors annually.[9] An estimated 46 million people live within a 300 mi (480 km) radius of Metro Detroit.[10][11] Since 2000, the City has seen continuous annual increases in tax revenues from its casinos; the City estimates it will collect $178,250,000 in casino taxes alone for 2007, with the casino resorts open in 2008.[12]

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  1. ^ Sarah Karush (April 26, 2005). "Little Caesars' Marian Ilitch to buy MotorCity Casino". American Policy Roundtable (Associated Press). Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ Mark Tatge with Miriam Gottfried (October 9, 2006). "Encore". Forbes. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ Mink, Randy, and Karen Mink (July 2001).Detroit Turns 300 - Detroit 300 Festival. Travel America, World Publishing Co., Gale Group.
  4. ^ "Award Winning Auto Designer Chip Foose Joins MotorCity Casino Expansion Design Team" (Press release). PRNewswire. August 18, 2006. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Merger agreement". EDGAROnline. March 22, 2005. Retrieved April 6, 2007. .
  6. ^ "Mandalay Resort Group to sell holdings in Detroit casino". Newsratings.com. March 24, 2005. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Certificate of Assumed Name". Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth. July 21, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Marian Ilitch". Ilitch Holdings, Inc. Retrieved April 7, 2007. 
  9. ^ Cordiano, Joseph (February 15, 2005). Government of Ontraio invests in a competitive Casino Windsor.Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. Retrieved on October 28, 2007."Casino Windsor attracts around six million visitors each year and is a key driver of the local economy."
  10. ^ "Cities located close to Detroit". Time and Date world clock distances. Retrieved September 2, 2007. 
  11. ^ Tamara Audi (September 26, 2007). "What Happens In Detroit". The Wall Street Journal. p. B6. "But the market at issue, as MGM Mirage sees it, includes a 300-mile (480 km) radius of potential overnight clients across the region," 
  12. ^ City of Detroit General Fund -Percent Change in major Revenue Sources. City of Detroit 2006-07 Budget

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Coordinates: 42°20′20″N 83°04′08″W / 42.339°N 83.069°W / 42.339; -83.069

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Detroit Free Press
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:42:06 -0700

New figures released Tuesday by the Michigan Gaming Control Board show gambling proceeds at MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino Hotel and Greektown Casino-Hotel were down a combined 5.9% to $331.6 million in the first quarter of this year ...
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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:41:47 -0700

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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:21:13 -0700

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