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401don
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Post Number: 485
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Posted on Friday, May 23, 2008 - 3:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Was just looking for shows in the area when I'm in town in July and I find Gladys Knight at the new Windsor Coliseum. Great for me. I've always wanted to see her.
I had no idea this place was 5,000 seats, same as the Fox. They have a few big names like Chris Rock and Patti Labelle but also Neil Sedaka and Randy Travis? Will enough people cross the border to sustain this place or will they be comping half the tickets, especially indoors in the summer. If there was demand for these acts Ilitch would be booking them at the Fox and Masonic. Are Detroiters even aware of the Coliseum? I think they should have went with a smaller facility. I don't even see Gladys Knight selling out a Wed and Thurs night.
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Yaktown
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Posted on Friday, May 23, 2008 - 8:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I thought it was Caesar's in Windsor, not Harrah's. Or does Harrah's own Caesar's?
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Detroitrise
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Posted on Friday, May 23, 2008 - 8:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Harrahs Casino Windsor

(Message edited by DetroitRise on May 23, 2008)
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Viziondetroit
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Posted on Friday, May 23, 2008 - 8:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Did they change the name that quick? I've seen Caeser's signs up and also on billboards
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Detroitrise
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Posted on Friday, May 23, 2008 - 8:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's all the same company (Harrah's, Caesar, Horseshoe). :-)

(Message edited by DetroitRise on May 23, 2008)
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401don
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Post Number: 488
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Posted on Saturday, May 24, 2008 - 1:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I actually meant to say Caesars Windsor. Probably typed Harrahs 'cause I was just in the website.
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Fastcarsfreedom
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Posted on Monday, May 26, 2008 - 4:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Harrahs is the corporate parent as someone stated--as of June 19 the name will be Caesars Windsor.

As for your question 401don--the Colosseum has a maximum capacity of 5000--however, it is a flexible facility--meaning the seating configuration will be geared differently for each show--hence, "selling out" a date may mean 2000 for one show and 5000 for another. There were several factors that played into the size of the venue--the facility is also acting as Windsor's main convention/trade center--so square footage was an important factor. Moreover, the showrooms which were built at Casino Rama and Niagara Fallsview are both considered too limited in size--hence the decision to go larger in Windsor. Will they be comping many of the tickets?...of course...it's a Casino and that's what Casinos do...the way a Casino showroom functions is quite different than a stand-alone venue--and remember, many of these artists have contracts with the gaming companies--hence they do the "circuit".

They've also built the facility for the future--which is a nice change from the usual navel-gazing.
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Scs_scooter
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Posted on Monday, May 26, 2008 - 6:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm crossing the border to see Ringo Starr in July at Caesar's Windsor. Looking forward to the trip home and the stop at the Duty Free store!
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401don
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Posted on Monday, May 26, 2008 - 6:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for the info Fastcars. There's front row center available for the July 9 Gladys Knight show so I guess they've sold like 3 tickets so far.
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Fastcarsfreedom
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Post Number: 318
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Posted on Monday, May 26, 2008 - 11:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

401don--how does that indicate that sales are weak? The pricing, like the seating, is tiered, could well be that in the current economic climate that the lower-end seats (those in the "Tiered" and "Mezzanine" levels) are simply selling better than the premium seats on the floor.

Secondly--aside from the "Built For Entertainment" billboards that have gone up along the Detroit-area Freeways--the Caesars marketing blitz (including ads for the Colosseum) is just ramping up--the TV campaign (Live The Life You Were Meant To ... or something like that) just started this week--and the interior footage shot in the new areas of the facility look fantastic. It will certainly take time for the Colosseum to establish itself in the conciousness of the local market--but that time will come. With economic and border challenges the property has had to face reality--along with competition...frankly the expansion strategy beats the alternative of continuing to shrink.
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Nellonfury
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 12:49 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Windsor is gonna have LOTS of excitement all this summer...especially at Caesars Windsor!
LOTS of celebrities are gonna be there through out the summer including, Michael Bolton, Reba,and even Howie Mandell is doing this TV show over there.
EPIC CONFIRMED!
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Aiw
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 10:47 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Should be great. Ringo Starr show is long sold out, in fact I couldn't get tickets to it. Don't forget there is a huge base on the Canadian side to draw from.

I would (for obvious reasons) go to a show there before I would choose a comparable one in Detroit. It will be nice to have such a venue within walking distance from my house.

Looking forward to Chris Rock. Obviously some shows will draw better than others, and sell quicker as well.
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Fastcarsfreedom
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Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 5:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You've noticed Aiw that there are trailblazer signs all over Windsor for Caesars--on the main routes into the city from the 401--Dougall, Howard and Huron Church--a sign they are serious about the SW Ontario market as well as the U.S...doesn't hurt with the new branding to work on opening up a market Windsor never seriously pursued before.

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