New Fort McDowell Casino breaks ground

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 29, 2018 for its new CASINO. Those in attendance at the celebration included tribal dignitaries and tribal members, and others from the State of Arizona and surrounding communities.

The new casino will be 166,341 square feet, which will soon offer guests a larger casino with a garden court, specialty high end dining, sports bar with entertainment stage and other new amenities. Thalden Boyd Emery Architects, W.E. O’Neil, and Kitchell Construction have been named as the project team. 

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation’s ongoing mission is to aid in the economic development and the expansion of direct services to meet the changing needs of all tribal members while preserving traditional values and at the same time benefiting and supporting its neighbors, the greater East Valley and Scottsdale areas. 

“We broke ground on Friday, June 29, 2018 on a new casino, opening a new chapter in the modern history of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. Our tribe has overcome many challenges just to be here today. Our path has been difficult, but the obstacles we’ve endured have only made us stronger. We may be the smallest tribe in the Valley, but we built the first high stakes bingo hall in the Phoenix area three decades ago and today we are taking another huge leap forward. This exciting project will set a new standard for quality entertainment in the Northeast Valley while providing economic security to our tribal government. We’re thankful that our past success enables us to make this investment in the future of our tribe and our region,” said Bernadine Burnette, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council President.

Construction will begin late summer and is expected to be complete and open to the public by Spring 2020. Once the new Casino opens, the current Casino space will be redesigned for a new, yet to be announced purpose. 

Originally appeared in AZRE Magazine. Read the article: 


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