FireKeepers Casino to host famous tightrope walker Nik Wallenda

Posted: July 20, 2021, 1:26 a.m.

Last update on: July 20, 2021, 2:46 a.m.

The FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Mich., Will welcome famous tightrope walker Nik Wallenda to the resort next month.

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Daredevil Nik Wallenda is seen walking a tightrope through Niagara Falls in 2013. The famous stuntman arrives at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Michigan next month for the grand opening of the resort expansion. (Picture: Reuters)

Wallenda, nicknamed the “King of the Wire”, is one of the most famous tightrope walkers in the world. He passed through Niagara Falls, a Grand Canyon Gorge and the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua.

His next daredevil kick will be in Michigan on August 16 at the Tribal Casino. It is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Indians.

Seventh-generation tightrope walker Wallenda holds 11 Guinness World Records. One of his records was set in 2011 at the Tropicana Atlantic City when he played in the “Wheel of Death” atop the 23rd floor of the Boardwalk Casino property. The wheel was a large rotating device in which Wallenda performed a variety of daredevil stunts both inside and outside of the eight-foot wheel.

Extension celebration

FireKeepers explains in a statement that Wallenda’s performance, which is free and spectators are encouraged to attend, is to celebrate the opening of the casino expansion. Ceremonies will begin at 5 p.m. local time on August 16, with Wallenda’s March scheduled to begin around 5:45 p.m.

The expansion involves a second hotel tower. The first eight-story hotel opened in 2012 with 243 rooms. The second tower, also eight stories high, has 203 rooms. The second tower extension includes a 39,000 square foot lobby bar and reception area, a new home of the Nibi Casino signature restaurant, and a high limit gaming area with slots and table games.

Wallenda will walk a tightrope between the two hotel towers.

Originally slated to open in December 2020, the expansion of the FireKeepers Hotel has been delayed due to the pandemic. The setbacks were caused by supply chain issues, as well as shortages of construction workers.

The current 107,000 square foot casino floor features over 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a 26 table poker room, a bingo and keno room, and a sports betting site. All areas inside the resort are non-smoking, including hotel rooms.

FireKeepers Casino also operates iGaming and online sports betting. The tribe’s internet operations only went live last month. FireKeepers has used Scientific Games’ turnkey third-party iGaming and sports betting products to offer online casino games and sports betting to its customers. By partnering with Scientific, FireKeepers’ online presence uses the same branding and identification that land customers recognize.

Entertainment range

FireKeepers is located approximately 25 miles east of Kalamazoo, 70 miles west of Ann Arbor, and 100 miles west of Detroit. The tribal casino plans to attract visitors to the resort through top-notch entertainment.

The resort’s event center, which can accommodate over 2,000 guests, features a busy schedule of celebrity acts in Battle Creek.

Country music star Jake Owen is scheduled for release on August 21, comedian Larry the Cable Guy on September 4, and television outlet Tyler Henry on November 18.

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