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Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, currently undergoing a $700 million expansion, is now home to an item that's considered priceless.

Accenting the new grand entrance way for the hotel and casino, featuring gold and glass design elements and two curved escalators, is one of world's most coveted gold items in
the world: Elvis Presley's iconic 24-karat gold leaf grand piano.

The piano will be the centerpiece of the grand opening of the newly expanded hotel and casino set for Oct. 3.

"We're honored to have Elvis's priceless piano on permanent display here at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa," said Jim Allen, Hard Rock International chairman and
Seminole Gaming CEO. "Hard Rock has such a deep connection to music history, so it's fitting that this fantastic piece of memorabilia is here at one of the most successful casino
properties in the world."

As part of the grand opening weekend, country artist Keith Urban will perform on Friday, Oct. 4, in the property's new 1,500-seat Hard Rock Event Center. Tickets are on sale now
via Ticketmaster.

Presley's grand piano was played by the King of Rock and Roll inside a music room at his Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee. He originally purchased the piano for his
mother in 1955 and installed it in his new home on Audubon Drive. The piano was placed into storage for 10 years after Presley's mother's death in 1958, until Priscilla Presley
decided to adorn the piano in 24-karat gold-leaf finish as a Christmas gift for Presley in celebration of the couple's first wedding anniversary.

Hard Rock International acquired the piano as its 80,000th piece of memorabilia.

The Elvis piano joins more than 500 other pieces of music memorabilia at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, including items belonging to such fan favorites as The Beatles, Bob Dylan
and Janis Joplin. A sampling of these pieces can be seen through the self-guided memorabilia Rock Walk tour on the Mezzanine Level of the property.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa's expansion includes a new 14-story hotel tower with 562 guestrooms and suites, three ultra-lavish pools and extensive gaming space.
The casino complex has already completed expansions to its Poker Room, Mezzanine Level Casino/Rock Walk and Orient Road Garage. It will also unveil a new spa, food and
beverage options, retail stores and arrival experience.

Three new outdoor swimming pools dot the 60,000-square-foot expanded pool and deck area and will feature 20 cabanas, 700 lounges and daybeds and two DJ booths.

The completed 245,000-square-foot casino brings the new gaming experience to nearly 5,000 slots, 179 tables and a state-of-the-art poker room with 46 poker tables. For the
ultimate VIP experience, the new hotel tower will feature a private gaming parlor, with exclusive check-in and private elevators.

In addition to the Hard Rock Event Center, a 17,000-square-foot grand ballroom will host conventions, trade shows, private events, large-scale poker tournaments and concerts,
including 60 major entertainment acts each year.

The expanded, 26,000-square-foot Rock Spa & Salon will feature 13 treatment rooms, including a Rhythm & Motion room, Hammam and two VIP suites, plus a hair and nail salon,
barber shop and co-ed aqua lounge.

Upon completion, 14 restaurants and bars will be available, including the addition of Constant Grind, a casual sit-down or grab-and-go hot spot; the Pool Bar & Grill, an upbeat,
full-service restaurant; and an Italian fine dining concept.

An upscale wine and spirits experience will join the retail offerings, presenting the opportunity to enjoy wine by the glass and sample featured wines available for purchase.
Additional retail concepts will feature jewelry, cosmetics, and men's and women's fashions.

Rooms are available to book now for resort stays beginning in mid-July.

The architect of record for the expanded Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is Klai Juba Wald of Las Vegas.

Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is one of the largest casinos in the world.

The casino features more than 4,000 slot machines, 138 table games and a state-of-the-art Poker Room featuring 46 tables. Additionally, the property offers a smoke-free
Mezzanine Level Casino.

The hotel is AAA Four Diamond-rated and offers seven award-winning restaurants, including Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and The Rez Grill.

Originating Source - Patch.com

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