Choctaw Casinos & Resorts Partners with Academy of Country Music
January 18, 2024
59th Annual ACM Awards will be held in Frisco, Texas in May
Durant, Okla. (January 16, 2024) – Choctaw Casinos & Resorts is excited to join the Academy of Country Music (ACM) as its official casino sponsor for the 59th Annual ACM Awards show at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, May 2024.
As a premier entertainment destination, Choctaw Casinos & Resorts is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the ACM Lifting Lives’ Topgolf Tee-Off and Rock On Fundraiser to be held at Topgolf – The Colony. Taking place prior to the annual awards show, the ACM Lifting Lives’ Topgolf Tee-Off and Rock On fundraiser at Top Golf brings artists, industry members and fans together for a golf skills competition and an extended day of live entertainment.
“Partnering with the Academy of Country Music is a natural fit. We have long supported Country Music artists and strive to give Country Music fans the ultimate close-up concert experience,” said Heidi Grant, executive officer of gaming & hospitality, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. “Choctaw Casinos & Resorts raises the bar on entertainment, and we are proud to bring this energy to fan events leading up to the live ACM Award show in Frisco.”
“Choctaw Casinos & Resorts is a strong supporter of Country Music that brings rising stars and some of the genre’s biggest acts, including ACM Award winners, to their venues for fans to enjoy,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “We’re excited to partner with such passionate supporters of our industry, and we can’t wait to work with their team leading into the 59th ACM Awards and beyond.”
Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant, located about an hour north of Dallas, Texas, is an entertainment destination where guests can get away from it all. The 3,000-seat Choctaw Grand Theater is a two-time winner of the Academy of Country Music Award for “Casino of the Year – Theater.”
Fans are also able to catch Country Music legends and rising stars at the 1,200-seat Stage 271 at Choctaw Casino & Resort – Grant and 800-seat CenterStage at Choctaw Casino & Resort – Pocola.
In the coming months, Choctaw Casinos & Resorts has several ACM award-winning artists taking the stage including, reigning Group of the Year Old Dominion (January 26 & 27); seven-time ACM award winner, including 2023 ACM Poet’s Award recipient Clint Black (February 23); seven-time ACM award winner Eric Church (March 16); 2008 ACM Top New Male Vocalist Jake Owen (March 22); and 2022 ACM New Male Artist of the Year Jackson Dean (March 28).
Also taking the stage this spring are two-time ACM award winner Dwight Yoakam (April 5); three-time ACM award winner Ashley McBryde (May 10); 2016 ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year winner Jon Pardi (May 17 & 18); and 2022 New Male Artist of the Year Bailey Zimmerman (August 30 & 31). For a complete list of upcoming entertainment, go to www.ChoctawCasinos.com.
About Choctaw Casinos & Resorts
Owned and operated by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the third-largest Indian Nation in the United States with more than 208,000 tribal members and 12,000 employees. Choctaw Casinos feature a variety of gaming, hotel and resort properties throughout southeastern Oklahoma. Locations include Durant, Grant, Pocola, Idabel, Broken Bow, McAlester, Stigler and Stringtown. In spring 2024, the Choctaw Nation is opening a 100-bed luxury resort Choctaw Landing in Hochatown, Oklahoma. The Choctaw Casino & Resort-Durant features an expanded non-smoking gaming floor, a water park, more than 20 restaurants, including the new District Hall with five new restaurants. For more information, visit www.ChoctawCasinos.com.
About the Academy of Country Music:
Founded in Southern California in 1964 as a regional trade organization, the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) has grown in the almost-60 years since into a leading association for the Country Music industry. Now headquartered in Nashville, TN and boasting record-high membership of more than 5,000 worldwide, the Academy serves as a powerhouse advocate for Country fans, artists, and all facets of the business, as well as a supporter of philanthropic work through charitable partner ACM LIFTING LIVES, dedicated to improving lives through the power of music and providing aid in times of need, with a focus on health initiatives. 2023 was another monumental year for the Academy, with the 58th ACM Awards, hosted by global superstars Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks, ranking as one of the most-watched awards shows of the year. 2024 will see the ACM Awards return in May to the world headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys in Texas for a second consecutive year and stream live for a global audience on Prime Video. The Academy also remains relentlessly committed to creating a more inclusive environment for underrepresented groups in Country Music, from the boardroom to the stage, and proudly presents both ACM LEVel Up, a two-year professional development and enrichment curriculum for rising leaders, and OnRamp, a guaranteed income program for Black members of the Nashville music community, in partnership with the Black Music Action Coalition. For more information, visit ACMcountry.com or ACMLiftingLives.org.