The bright neon lights of the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit are a sight for any visitor to behold. First opened in 1999, the MotorCity Casino is one of just three casinos operated outside of tribal land in the state. It is mostly new construction that also incorporates an old Wonder Bread company building.
Visitors will find more than 2,800 slot machines and over 59 table games when they arrive on the 100,000+ sq. ft. casino floor. MotorCity also offers a theater arena with seating for 2,400 people and a 400-room luxury hotel and spa. For meals and snacks, you can drop in at a four-star restaurant, visit the food court, or relax in one of several bars and lounges.
MotorCity Casino Fact Table
|Address||2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48201|
|Number of slots||2,800+|
|Number of table games||59+|
|Minimum gambling age||21 years old|
Online Gambling at MotorCity Casino Hotel
As of December 2019, Michigan’s Governor signed legislation legalizing online gambling, online sports betting, daily fantasy sports, and retail sports betting. The roll-out of these new gaming opportunities has been a little uneven to be sure, but they are being implemented one item at a time.
In March 2020, the MotorCity Casino opened a FanDuel Sportsbook that spans two floors of the casino and features six betting windows. FanDuel will administer all core services related to the sportsbook, including handling bets on the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Red Wings.
FanDuel does also provide online and mobile gaming technologies for casinos, but it’s not yet known if they will also handle online gambling for MotorCity Casino. The Michigan Gaming Control Board estimates that online gaming, sports betting, and Daily Fantasy Sports will launch across the state in early 2021.
A Bit About MotorCity Casino History
The original historic building where the MotorCity Casino Hotel complex is located was first built in 1915. Part of the exterior terracotta relief was restored when the building was renovated to serve as the MotorCity Casino in 1999 by the Mandalay Resort Group.
MGM Mirage acquired Mandalay Resort Group in 2005. At the time MGM also owned the MGM Grand Detroit. Since Michigan law only allows companies to own one casino in the state, MGM had to sell one of their properties. After a bit of hemming and hawing, they wound up selling their share in MotorCity Casino to Little Caesar’s owner, Marian Ilitch.
Ilitch also invested in a $300 million expansion of the casino to include the 400-room hotel and spa. In 2008, the MotorCity Casino received its signature metal wrap from Quality Metalcraft, which produced 11,000 tons of stainless steel ribbon for the project.
The casino’s design is strongly influenced by Detroit’s automotive and industrial history, hence the name, MotorCity Casino Hotel. Outside, the building has a unique curved design that is wrapped in a metal shell. Inside, there are thousands of slot machines and dozens of gaming tables with roulette, Black Jack, poker, craps, Pai Gow, Baccarat, Casino War, and Spanish 21.
Visitors will also find the only AAA 4-Diamond Restaurant in Detroit on the 16th floor where they can partake of modern American cuisine.
The Club Metro Loyalty Program
Players who love to earn extra perks can also participate in Club Metro and earn comps, bonuses, and free play in the casino. The club features four levels, including:
- Base Club Metro
- The Signature Club Elite
- Signature Premium
Players will earn points when they use their card at slots and table games. They also earn 3% of whatever they spend at the hotel and casino towards comps. This applies to most cash and credit purchases. Even better, the comps never expire.
What other kinds of benefits and discounts can players expect from a Club Metro membership?
- 10% discount minimum on purchases at in-house shops, bars, restaurants, the hotel, spa, and on concert tickets.
- Earn $5 in free Reward Play for every $15 in comps you receive.
- Cash discounts on catering of events.
- Exclusive features at upper club levels, like access to the Signature Club, check-in service, access to the Sound Board suite, preferred eating at Iridescence, and complimentary hotel upgrades.
MotorCity Casino Hotel Detroit FAQ
When did the MotorCity Casino first open?
The MotorCity Casino opened its doors for the first time in December 1999.
How old do you have to be to play at MotorCity Casino?
You have to be 21 years old to gamble in the MotorCity Casino.
Does MotorCity Casino Hotel offer sports betting?
Yes, you can place bets in the recently opened FanDuel Sportsbook at the MotorCity Casino.
What major city is MotorCity Casino located in?
MotorCity Casino Hotel is located in downtown Detroit, Michigan.
What hours are the MotorCity Casino Hotel open?
The MotorCity Casino Hotel is normally open 24 hours a day!