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Nicole Kidman, Christie Brinkley grace Seminole Hard Rock’s expansion opening

In addition, skywalking scion Nik Wallenda and his mother, Delilah, perform a high-wire walk between the hotel’s old and new towers.
Actor Nicole Kidman, left, and model and actor Christie Brinkley, right, walked the red carpet Thursday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. [SCOTT KEELER  |   Times]
Actor Nicole Kidman, left, and model and actor Christie Brinkley, right, walked the red carpet Thursday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino welcomed celebrities and performers for the grand opening of its $720 million expansion this week.

On Thursday, skywalking scion Nik Wallenda and his mother, Delilah Wallenda, performed a high-wire walk between the hotel’s old and new towers.

PHOTOS: Seminole Hard Rock’s grand opening of its $720 million expansion

It coincided with the Seminole Tribe’s celebratory guitar smash, as well as a performance by dance troupe Light Balance in the event center. Celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Christie Brinkley and Kim Zolciak-Biermann walked the red carpet.

RELATED: We went inside Seminole Hard Rock’s $720 million expansion

The party continues Thursday night with a performance by Big Boi and DJ Jazzy Jeff. There’s a sold-out concert by Urban on Friday, a $500,000 blackjack tournament Saturday and a VIP-only pool party Sunday featuring a DJ set by reality TV star Brody Jenner.

Events are either sold out or invite-only, though some fans can win entry to select events by entering at blogs.seminolehardrocktampa.com.

RELATED: Seminole Hard Rock Tampa launches amped-up casino with flair

Check out some additional photos from Thursday’s grand opening festivities below.

High-wire walker Nik Wallenda, bottom, and his mother, Delilah Wallenda, top, walk between the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's new and old hotel towers on Thursday. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
Model and actor Christie Brinkley uses her phone to record Nik Wallenda and his mother, Delilah Wallenda, perform their high-wire act at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino staged a grand opening ceremony featuring high-wire walker Nik Wallenda and his mother, Delilah Wallenda, on Thursday. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino staged a grand opening ceremony featuring high-wire walker Nik Wallenda on Thursday. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino staged a grand opening ceremony featuring high-wire walker Nik Wallenda and his mother, Delilah Wallenda, on Thursday. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]



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