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Magic City Casino hits the Jackpot with Stage 305

The Bangles’ October 27th performance on the new Stage 305

Miami may be infamous for its gorgeous beaches, clubs, and restaurants, but one venue is setting a new standard of high-profile entertainment within its action-packed atmosphere. Magic City Casino, Miami’s first and only casino featuring Las Vegas style slot machines, recently added yet another state-of the-art addition to its impressive venue: Stage 305. This 36,000 square foot indoor multipurpose venue, which made its debut on October 27th with a live performance by classic poprock female powerhouse The Bangles, will host everything from concerts and boxing matches to weddings and other special events.

Boasting a capacity of 1,100 and concert seating space for up to 800 guests, Stage 305 is setting a new standard for South Florida’s large-scale entertainment events. “The response we’ve gotten so far from the community is that there’s never been anything like this,” said Scott Savin, Magic City Casino’s Chief Operating Officer. “For the casino, its gives us an indoor entertainment venue which we’ve never had before; with our two major outdoor venues, this now gives us three stages, so we can actually have three different acts simultaneously!” Stage 305 joins its predecessors Secada, an outdoor covered lounge stage area, and Magic City Amphitheater, an outdoor theatre- style stage which hosts major fall and winter season concert series. Conceived by Magic City executives Scott Savin and Isadore Havenick,

Stage 305 was created to enhance the overall experience for patrons of the market’s most successful casino and entertainment venue. Offering the largest array of gaming options including craps, as well as 800 of the industry’s most innovative and popular Las Vegas style slots, Magic City Casino has undoubtedly become South Florida’s most successful gaming destination. “They’ve blown the competition away when it comes to both their slot offerings, giveaways, rewards program and customer service,” said regular Todd O’Neil, who watched the Bangles rock the house at Stage 305. “The restaurants are great here and now this world- class music venue further distances Magic City from all of the other casinos vying for my business.” Conveniently-located a mere five minutes from Miami International Airport, five minutes from downtown, and 15 minutes from South Beach with free shuttle transportation offered and 1,500 free parking spaces, the casino offers both convenience and grandiose, diverse performance space for a multitude of thrilling activities. The Bangles’ highly-anticipated performance left guests with a great impression of Stage 305. “The acoustics were as sharp as any concert venue that I’ve been to in years and the overall production was a 10,” said music marketing veteran Stephanie Ruiz. “I’ve been a part of South Florida’s music scene for many years and I can tell you that fans coming to shows at Stage 305 are in for a treat!”

Magic City couldn’t agree more. “We’re thrilled to be opening a new indoor entertainment venue to serve our customers and the needs of the city of Miami and Dade County,” said Izzy Havenick, Vice President of the casino. To kick off its debut, Stage 305 will be hosting a series of events called Ultimate Miami, competitions featuring local bands and talent in which a $5000 prize is awarded each time. Competitions will range from the upcoming Ultimate Miami Band on November 10th to future ones such as Ultimate Miami Voice, DJ, and even Dessert. To compete, participants must register on theultimatemiami. com and be based out of Dade County; there will be an entry process, fan voting, and judge selections.

If you’re a music fan looking for the ultimate live concert experience, venture out to Stage 305 at Magic City Casino! Upcoming concerts include more classic rock and pop sensations such as the Little River Band and Bad Company featuring Brian Howe on December 1st, as well as Air Supply and Atlanta Rhythm Section coming in February. Seating is very limited, so do not miss your chance to purchase tickets while they are still available! To keep up-to-date on Stage 305’s exciting and still-unannounced upcoming events, visit www.magiccitycasino.com today.

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