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Ak-Chin Casino Plans $100M Expansion

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By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

The Ak-Chin Indian Community has announced plans for a $100M+ expansion for the Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino.

The project will include a spa, conference center with ballroom space, a parking garage and more than 200 new rooms on the Maricopa site.

According to an announcement by casino officials, the project will increase room availability, draw additional visitors and increase the facility’s ability to host large-scale entertainment and corporate events.

Ak-Chin Indian Community Chairman Louis Manuel said the project is moving ahead now because growth in the community promoted the opportunity to expand and to better promote the facility as a conference and entertainment destination.

Manuel said there are always new projects in development as the population grows.  “As we continue to grow we will be able to provide for housing and other amenities such as healthcare, education and some of the services that are provided within the community.” Other anticipated benefits include the ability to provide greater opportunities for entertainment, conferences and education about what the area has to offer.

The hotel and casino currently accommodate approximately 1.5M guests per year, according to Mike Kitner, director of marketing and operations. Projections have not yet been finalized as to how many additional guests the facility hopes to draw after the expansion, but Manuel is optimistic. “We’re definitely not going to be anything short of competitive,” he said, in comparison to other hotel and casino operations in the area.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring, with completion estimated in 2017.

No architect or general contractor has yet been selected.

8 Comments on Ak-Chin Casino Plans $100M Expansion

  1. JOHN PITERIS // March 1, 2016 at 1:22 pm // Reply

    READING NUMEROUS ARTICLES STATING AK CHIN STARTING MAJOR RENOVATIONS IN SPRING 2016. I HAVE A RESERVATION FOR OCT 2016 AND IN SPEAKING TO THEIR RESERVATIONS DEPT THEY STATED CONSTRUCTION NOT STARTING FOR 2-YEARS. CAN YOU CONFIRM

    THANK YOU

  2. Desert Diamond is an embarrassment for Harrah’s and Ceasar’s!
    I have played and enjoyed all Ceasar’s and Harrah’s casinos, however Desert Diamond is an insult to
    all Harrah’s and Caesar’s casinos a cross America and beyond!
    The Glendale Arizona one is absolutely awful!! Do something please to erase that mess!!

    • That’s good to know!
      Thanks, but the “two years” wait is way too long….The casino machines are a total distractition! No typical Keno…”pennies”?? That certainly doesn’t draw enthusiasts!, Two years of total boredom….no real prizes
      available! Need to get real NOW by installing worthwhile Maricopa Harrah’s prize level Keno machines.
      Whoever gets turned on playing penny machines? No one!! And why WHY! WHY! isn’t beer available there!!

  3. I didn’t plan on it being exposed to the public…just Ceasar’s and/or Harrah’s to provide awareness of how Arizonan’s and all fans who are attracted to the University of Phoenix stadium….
    They, and Arizonans, are more than disappointed, with the mess this facility represents.
    The location is an exceedingly attractive draw location for best of the best casino, lodging, and eatery facilities….
    Please, PLEASE build a Harrah’s classy styled facility at that location….The present one is a disaster and ian eyesore and unattractive, in all aspects, and a Harrah’s embarrassments!!!

  4. Thought so!!
    Affraid of the truth, huh!!

  5. What is the source of funding? Who is paying for the expansion?

  6. I OWN PROERTY NEAR THE TOHONO DESERT DIAMOND CASINO AT WHY. TOHONO HAVE BEEN BUYING INVALID TAX LIENS AND FORECLOSING TO AQUIRE WORTHLESS SUB-TAX LIENS, PAYING AN ATTORNEY FROM lAND ACQUISITON FUNDS! ANY LAND ACQUIEITON FUNDS INVOLVED AT AK CHIN?

  7. When you do anything accordingly, you may definitely be impressed at the outcome and the
    large level of money as you are able to earn from your game.

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