Grand Theater wins “Casino of the Year-Theater” from the Academy of Country Music Awards

Photo: Choctaw Nation.


DURANT – The Grand Theater inside Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant won the Academy of Country Music’s “Casino of the Year – Theater” award. This is the third time the Grand Theater has taken home this award.

The award was announced on Monday morning, and representatives from Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant will travel to Nashville to accept the award at the 17th annual Academy of Country Music Honors on August 21.

Established in 1966, the Academy of Country Music Awards is the longest-running Country Music awards show and made history in 2022 as the first major awards ceremony to exclusively livestream, in partnership with Prime Video.

“It’s an honor to win ‘ACM Casino of the Year – Theater,’” said Jeff Penz, senior director of casino operations at Choctaw Casinos & Resorts – Durant. “The Grand Theater is a premier tour stop for the top country music entertainers in the industry, offering an intimate venue for artists to connect with the audience. Every year, we strive to elevate that experience and we’re thrilled the Academy of Country Music Awards has recognized the Grand Theater for this award for the third time.”

The Grand Theater is a 3,000-seat venue that draws crowds from across Oklahoma and Texas for top-notch performances from big names and exciting up-and-comers. Exciting acts scheduled for 2024 include: Two-time ACM award winner Kelsea Ballerini, ACM award winner Brett Young and two-time ACM award winner Sam Hunt.

Also nominated for “Casino of the Year – Theater” were:

  • Deadwood Mountain Grand –Deadwood, S.D.
  • Foxwoods Resort Casino –Mashantucket, Conn.
  • Lucas Oil Live at WinStar World Casino and Resort –Thackerville, Okla.
  • Resorts World Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas –Las Vegas, Nev.

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