Potawatomi Casino to Demolish Theater, Restaurant to Make Room for Sportsbook

The new venue will replace Northern Lights Theater and Fire Pit Sports Bar & Grill.

Construction will soon begin on Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s permanent sportsbook venue, set to be located in the northwest corner of the casino, resulting the in the demolition of the Northern Lights Theater and the Fire Pit Sports Bar & Grill.

“This is a transformational time at Potawatomi Casino Hotel,” Potawatomi Casinos and Hotels’ CEO Dominic Ortiz said. “For more than three decades, we have served as a leader in Tribal gaming. With the addition of sports betting, we’ll be providing our guests with even more options and welcoming new visitors to the property and the Menomonee Valley.”

The Northern Lights Theater and the Fire Sports Bar & Grill have already closed.



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The 500-seat theater, which opened in November 2000, closed on Friday after a two-night run by Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, the legendary 1960s British pop group.

In the coming weeks and throughout construction of the sportsbook venue, the casino will provide guests two locations, with 17 kiosks between them open 24 hours a day for the placing of bets.

One of those locations will be near the former Fire Pit Sports Bar & Grill site. Here, guests will find a full bar, eight high-definition televisions and one large LED screen to take in the day’s biggest games. Kiosks will also be found off the skywalk on the property’s second level. Both locations will provide odds boards. Sports betting guests can also take advantage of 20-minute dedicated parking spots in the structure. All bets must be placed on site.

Construction of the sportsbook comes in the midst of the property’s $100 million renovation to its second level, expected to be completed in phases during the summer and fall of 2023. The project will provide modern space with new gaming, an exclusive high-limit room, Rock & Brews – the property’s newest restaurant founded by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of the legendary band KISS – and more.

There are no immediate plans for a new theater venue on the property, Potawatomi spokesman Ryan Amundson said. Rock & Brews, which should open by late summer or early fall, will have a stage for live performances, he added.



Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.