Construction begins on $400m casino in Arizona


Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) has started construction on the permanent, full-scale home for its Desert Diamond West Valley Casino in Arizona, US.

The new facility will include a casino with Class III slot machines, poker and blackjack tables, live bingo, and five restaurants.

Hunt/Penta Joint Venture is heading the construction of the $400m project as general contractor. The project is expected to be completed in 24 months.

Located on 54 acres of reservation land near Glendale and Peoria cities, the casino will complement the sports and entertainment attractions in the region, including Glendale’s Westgate Entertainment District and Peoria’s P83 Entertainment District.

The Tohono O’odham Nation announced the casino project on 29 January, 2009. However, the project was delayed due to special interests in court and multiple attempts to move federal legislation to halt the project.

After overcoming these challenges, the company opened an interim casino on 20 December, 2015, and it employs 600 people. The interim casino, which will continue operations during construction, will be used as a warehouse after the full-scale casino opens.

TOGE also plans to construct a hotel, spa and other resort amenities in phases after the permanent casino is complete.

Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment is owned and operated by the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise of the Tohono O’odham Nation.

Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment has three locations at Tucson, Sahuarita, and Why in southern Arizona and one in the West Valley.

Tohono O’odham Nation chairman Edward Manuel said: “This facility will provide jobs and economic opportunity for members of the Tohono O’odham Nation, the West Valley, and Arizona.

“The Nation is proud of the partnerships we have forged in the region, which will only strengthen and grow as we move forward.”

Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise CEO Andy Asselin said: “This is a day our guests and employees have been looking forward to for a long time. We’ve put together a terrific construction team that will be developing a unique attraction for the entire West Valley. We’re eager to get started.”

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