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Wyandotte Nation Breaks Ground On Seven Million Dollar Casino Expansion

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The Wyandotte Nation starts work today on a 25,000 square foot expansion to its current facility. But the 30 million dollar project has nothing to do with gambling.

With nine federally recognized tribes in Ottawa County, and less than 40,000 people, there are at least 12 other options when it comes to casinos. The Wyandotte Nation opened it's casino back in 2007, and it's Economic Development CEO says it's spent the past two years thinking of fresh ideas to keep costumers coming. 

"Northeast Oklahoma has several properties and several of our competitors have entertainment offerings and we were looking for a way we could compete in that area," said Economic Development CEO Kelly Carpino.

The Tribe says it's all about staying competitive, when so many other casinos are so close. And that these new amenities should do the trick. Amenities that have nothing to do with gaming.

The Chief of the Wyandotte Nation says the 25,000 square foot expansion will include a bowling alley, martini bar and even a night club. 

"We're just adding options for those who are not gamers, but maybe just want to come and enjoy music and dance, enjoy a good dinner or maybe bowl a few games," said Chief Billy Friend.
 
Chief Friend says the seven million dollar expansion should take roughly one year to complete and will add about 40 jobs to the community. The entire expansion will cost around 30 million.When it's done, the Tribe promises it will be a whole new casino. Something most  seem to get behind. 

"It's going to be great for the area because no where close around, unless you go to Miami has that type of thing," said Tribal Member Rhonda Klindworth.  

Chief Friend says the hope in the expansions is that it give those in the area a closer option for entertainment, giving patrons a chance to drive a few miles instead of driving to bigger cities like Tulsa, Joplin or even Springfield. 

In addition to the expansion, the Tribe says the inside will also get a face lift, and that it will be working on the project in phases. Meaning gamers who don't mind a little noise will still be able to come to the casino to gamble the whole time construction takes place.

For a link to the Wyandotte Nation, click here.  

 

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