Wendover Concert Hall Debut

Peppermill Casinos opened its $19 million, 1,040-seat, concert hall in Wendover, Nev., July 14th with a performance by Tanya Tucker.

The 35,000-square-foot Peppermill Concert Hall, located on the Utah-Nevada border, features VIP seating in the orchestra area, theatre-style seats with cupholders, ramps instead of stairs throughout, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting among its amenities.

Peppermill Casinos Director of Marketing John Spillman said the concert hall was built with comfort and luxury in mind.

“One of the things we’ve done with this $19 million facility is it’s a small, intimate venue. The farthest seat from the stage is only 88 feet,” Spillman told Pollstar. “Everything we’ve put in there – from seats, equipment and everything – is state-of-the-art.

“We not only want our customers to enjoy the show, we want the entertainers to enjoy performing there.”

The concert hall is part of Reno-based Peppermill’s plan to put Wendover – located about 90 minutes from Salt Lake City – on the map as an entertainment destination, according to Spillman. The company recently expanded hotel accommodations and added a full spa at its Montego Bay casino there. It also owns Rainbow Casino.

“Initially we feel like performers are going to say, ‘You want me to play where? Where the heck’s Wendover?’ We’re really growing as a destination and resort area and this is just a piece of the puzzle,” he said.

The marketing director said the goal for the hall is to book national acts once a week in addition to other entertainment.

Concerts on the books include Three Dog Night, The Spinners, Olivia Newton-John, Neil Sedaka, Diamond Rio, Collin Raye, The Smothers Brothers, and Bill Engvall through early December.

– Tina Amendola