Soaring Eagle Casino Nominated For Academy Of Country Music Award

Written By Dan Holmes on April 21, 2023
Soaring Eagle ACM nomination

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is up for an Academy of Country Music Award.

The Mount Pleasant casino has been nominated in the category of “Casino of the Year — Theater,” for its entertainment venue by the ACMs. This marks the third time that Soaring Eagle has been nominated for the honor, and a win would be its first.

The 58th ACM Awards show will be held May 11, in Frisco, Texas. It will be hosted by Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks. It will be livestreamed exclusively on Prime Video starting at 8 p.m.

Soaring Eagle seeks first ACM award

Soaring Eagle is one of five venues nominated in its category. The others include: Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD; Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, La.; Resorts World Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas; and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is owned and operated by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, and was opened in 1998. Over the past decade-plus, many of the biggest artists in country music have appeared on stage at Soaring Eagle, including Luke Bryan, Dustin Lynch, Vince Gill, and Kane Brown.

Soaring Eagle features two venues for concerts: a 3,260-seat indoor concert hall; and the Soaring Eagle Outdoor Arena, which can accommodate 11,000 general admission attendees and more than 5,000 reserved seating.

While Michigan casinos do host major entertainers, Soaring Eagle’s venues are considered by many as the premier locations for music attractions north of Detroit. Every summer, it hosts the “Outdoor Concert Series,” which this year will feature Willie Nelson, Jelly Roll, James Taylor, and others.

Jelly Roll, Willie Nelson, James Taylor scheduled for Soaring Eagle stage

Every year, Soaring Eagle’s entertainment roster is packed with current stars and legendary names. This year a little Texas Outlaw Country is on tap when Willie Nelson is in Mount Pleasant in May.

Musical guests of note scheduled for Soaring Eagle this year include:

  • May 6: Bobby Pulido with special guest Gary Hobbs
  • May 26: Godsmack with Bullet for My Valentine, and Bad Wolves
  • May 27: Willie Nelson & Family, and Jelly Roll
  • June 15: Brooks & Dunn with Scotty McCreery
  • June 23: James Taylor and his All-Star Band
  • August 3: Kane Brown

See a complete list of shows at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort.

Soaring Eagle has more than 200,000 square feet of gaming floor, with more than 4,400 slot machines, 18 poker tables, and many gaming tables. The resort has 514 rooms, and also four restaurants, several spas, a pool, and more. Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is the largest casino in the state of Michigan.

In 2022, Soaring Eagle launched Eagle Casino & Sports, its online casino gaming and sportsbook app, in partnership with GAN.

Underwood, Aldean Seek 4th ACM Entertainer of the Year Awards

The Academy of Country Music Awards hands out honors in more than 40 categories, with “Entertainer of the Year” one of the most prestigious. This year, the five artists nominated are Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, and Morgan Wallen. Among those nominees, Aldean and Underwood have each won the award three times, and Lambert won it in 2022.

Lambert is also nominated for Female Artist of the Year, with Kelsea Ballerini, Ashley McBride, Carly Pearce, and Lainey Wilson. Male Artist of the Year nominees are Brown, Combs, Stapleton, and Wallen, as well as Jordan Davis.

The awards were instituted in 1966, and many of country music’s biggest names have won an ACM, including Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr., George Strait, Garth Brooks, and Vince Gill.

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Dan Holmes is a Michigan resident who writes about sports betting, sports media, casino and sports betting legislative matters. He’s the author of three books, and previously reported for Major League Baseball, as well as the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters.

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