The Ballroom of the Rivers On line casino Pittsburgh celebrates its 10th anniversary | Firms

PITTSBURGH – (BUSINESS WIRE) – 4. October 2021–

From “Dance Moms” to discos, “Thunder from Down Under” to network casting calls, company meetings, mixers and more. It’s been a busy decade in the riverside ballroom at Rivers Casino, which opened 10 years ago this week.

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The Ballroom of the Rivers Casino Pittsburgh celebrates its 10th anniversary in October 2021. Hines Ward’s surprise retirement in 2013 was among many special occasions celebrated in the ballroom’s first decade. (Photo: Business Wire)

For event goers in Pittsburgh, the Rivers Casino Ballroom has become a mainstay. For many, it’s hard to remember when Rivers didn’t have event space. The casino’s arcade opened in August 2009 and the first ballroom was completed about two years later.

A sewing convention was the first to book the ballroom. Since then “Big Brother”, “Shark Tank” and “Amazing Race” have held castings in the ballroom of the Rivers Casino. The Pittsburgh-based reality show “Dance Moms” premiered there on the red carpet for its third season. Ballroom headlining appearances in the past have included Air Supply, Lee Greenwood, Eddie Money, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Brad Garrett and Sandra Bernhard. Companies have held various seminars, off-site training courses and annual meetings. The Women’s Professional Billiards Association even made the Rivers Casino Ballroom the site of the organization’s first-ever Pittsburgh tournament.

More than 500 “I DO”

The Rivers Casino Ballroom was an instant hit with wedding planners and prospective brides and remains a popular venue for weddings and receptions. The 10,000 square foot banquet hall offers panoramic views of the Pittsburgh skyline, Point State Park, the Ohio River, and Mount Washington.

Notable weddings included the first local couple – David and Bianca Goodwin from Moon Township – who, of course, are celebrating their tenth anniversary this year; Tony & Tina’s Wedding, an interactive dinner and theater show; and Meghan & Harry’s Wedding – a viewing party that featured the main event across the pond … and a Queen Elizabeth lookalike working the crowd.

The 1,000 square meter balcony of the ballroom is a popular spot for photographers to capture the wedding reception against the backdrop of Pittsburgh from a perspective that is unique for the casino. The ballroom can accommodate up to 350 guests for banquets and 600 guests for receptions.

Biggest Pierogi in the world (October 8th is National Pierogi Day)

For event planners, choosing a menu is just as important as choosing a venue. And nothing says individual in-house catering like a 123-pound pierogi.

The chefs at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh still hold the Guinness World Record for the greatest pierogi. The historian weighed 123 lbs. (55.79 kilograms) with sophisticated potato and doughy proportions. The champion Pierogi was unveiled outside the Rivers Ballroom on October 8, 2014 with special guests, the Pittsburgh Pirates Pierogies.

Creativity is the key to personalizing events at Rivers. For Pittsburgh of 2017, Kelley Frey, the chefs at Rivers Casino have baked a giant pink boxing glove cake in recognition of their battle against breast cancer. For Hines Ward’s surprise retirement party in 2013, the entire ballroom went black and gold with “number 86” projected onto the dance floor.

“We have a highly qualified team of chefs, culinary artists and event managers on site,” said Andrea Kleinrock-Marmion, Vice President Food & Beverage at Rivers Casino. “We are honored to be hosting some of the biggest events and most memorable moments in Pittsburgh in our first 10 years. I can’t wait to see what the next decade will bring. “

In 2019, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh expanded its facility and introduced the Event Center. In addition to the original ballroom, there is now an additional 25,000 square meter hall and a reception area directly in the hallway – which creates additional flexibility and more space for larger events such as concerts. The Event Center can accommodate up to 850 guests for banquets and 2,000 guests for receptions. Headliners at the Event Center included Kool & The Gang, KC and The Sunshine Band and Jay Leno.

In order to further consolidate the Rivers Casino as a target property, The Landing Hotel Pittsburgh is currently being built, a completely new, seven-story hotel with 219 rooms, which is located directly next to the main building of the casino. The Landing Hotel Pittsburgh is expected to open in 2022.

For more information on reserving the Rivers Casino Pittsburgh Ballroom or Event Center, visit or call 412-566-4486.


Located on the city’s North Shore and open 24/7, the Rivers Casino Pittsburgh is one of the premier gaming and entertainment destinations in western Pennsylvania. Rivers offers over 2,500 slot machines and 129 table games – including a 30-table poker room and 55 hybrid playgrounds. Rivers is home to BetRivers Sportsbook, Pittsburgh’s first and only licensed sportsbook, and is the go-to place for all sports fans and bettors. Additional amenities include a varied lineup of eight different bars and restaurants, including Martorano’s Prime, celebrity chef Steve Martorano’s new Italian-American steakhouse, and a 25,000-square-foot event center on the second level that hosts concerts, weddings, and more. For more information and current offers, visit

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