It was pretty much official, but now even more. There will be a Grand Opening on May 22nd!
Buffett was in Jackson Thursday when the Mississippi Gaming Commission signed off the certification for the casino, set to open Tuesday, May 22 in Biloxi.
The meeting was a formality. Gaming Commission Chairman Jerry St. Pe told Buffett and his business partner, John Cohlan, the casino had already been found suitable for certification.
In a press release, Buffett said he is thrilled about the opening of the casino.
“Biloxi has been on my songline for a long, long time,” said Buffett. “I made my professional singing debut here back in the late 60’s, when I used to drive my Ford Falcon ‘down around Biloxi’ from the school in Hattiesburg, to play weekends at Trader Jons.”
Buffett told the board the casino will be fun but also will bring “a thousand new jobs to the Gulf Coast at a time they’re needed.”
After the meeting, Buffett wouldn’t say if he’ll perform at the opening, but pointed out that he’s “a shameless musician and coming home seems like a party to me.”