The second phase of a casino expansion project in Washington is complete, The Spokesman-Review media reported, as the Spokane Tribe is preparing to reveal what is new on Monday.
One Step Closer
The new expansion, part of a $400 million economic development plan that will add a hotel, convention center, dining, retail stores, entertainment and a cultural center to the tribal gaming property on US Highway 2, broke ground last year and is expected to bring over 2,000 jobs to the community when it is complete in 2025.
The second phase of the expansion adds 20,000 square feet of additional gaming space to allow the tribe to introduce more than 300 new slot machines and six table games, with the craps table slated to debut in late November.
The expansion also brings a large area for non-smokers, a dedicated poker room, a sportsbook area and new dining options. However, not all of these new amenities will open to the public today, as the Spokane Tribe Casino is currently hiring the appropriate staff.
The Spokane Tribe is also in the final stages of a partnership deal to bring sports betting to its venue, following the federal approval received last month to allow sports wagering on tribal lands. The sportsbook is expected to be the extra magnet to help attract more people to the gaming venue.
The sports wagering area will feature the Grill, a quick-service restaurant that will replace the Whaluks casino-floor bar to expand dining options at the tribal establishment. The Spokane Tribe Casino is planning to hold a grand opening at a later stage when all of the amenities at the venue are open.
Boost Economic Area Development
The new expansion designed by Minnesota-based Cuningham Group and developed by Warner Gaming is expected to create more than 150 new jobs and become a significant boon for the West Plains community in the fastest growing area of the state that already saw more than $750 million in investments in land and buildings in the past two years.
The expansion is the result of years of efforts of the tribe to obtain approval to build the gaming complex on its tribal land in Airway Heights, said Spokane Tribe Chairwoman Carol Evans, outlining the excitement to “be part of the community and grow with Eastern Washington.”
It’s a growing, thriving region and we’re just really excited to be able to provide a good place for people to eat a meal or have entertainment. I feel good about that and at the same time, we’re providing jobs for the area and our tribal people.”Carol Evans, Chairwoman, Spokane Tribe