In less than six months, the skeleton of the unfinished casino on the beach was demolished, the concrete walk along the water completed and the Great Lawn planted.
"I never thought I'd have so much fun watching the grass grow," said
Areas of the Great Lawn where grass didn't come in
as thick as they like will be sodded this week. The stage will be on the west end of the site and the concession areas on the north to maximize the space.
"We're expecting upwards of 20,000 people for our event," he said.
People will be admitted free and there are no tickets for the concert.
Smith said that while the long-range forecast is for great summer weather, "This is a rain or shine show."
Harrah's is working with local officials for a safe event. Security officers will direct people to several parking areas close to the casino.
"We own a lot of the surrounding property to the east, north and west of us," Smith said.
Gates open at
The former lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish, Rucker went on to become a solo country artist and he recently received his third Grammy award for his hit "Wagon Wheel."
Last year, he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, a childhood dream.
The concert shows the progress made at the casino in just six months. Renovations were made to the hotel rooms, casino and buffet and new restaurants opened.
Smith said regulars are pleased and new customers are coming in to sample Steak 'n Shake, which is open 24 hours,
The biggest change was south of
Harrah's is exploring options for the open area beyond concerts to bring a greater scope of activities and tourists to
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