Gazette: Cedar Crossing rallies support for Cedar Rapids casino

CEDAR RAPIDS — Hundreds of people came to the U.S. Cellular Center Friday night to see if a new downtown casino would be a rose or a thorn for the city.

The backers behind Cedar Crossing, one of three casino proposals for downtown, hosted a community event to rally support for their plan.

About 500 people — some who support the casino, others who came for free beer and to see former Poison frontman Bret Michaels — attended the rally and heard Cedar Crossing’s investors give their pitch.

“Remember back in the day? Kiss would play here, Motley Crue would play here. We lost all those shows to Moline and Des Moines. Now we want to bring the entertainment back to Cedar Rapids,” said Scott Thomas, president of Buzz Entertainment, which would book shows for Cedar Crossing’s casino.

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