Tribal Organization: Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
10438 North Fort McDowell Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85264
We-Ko-Pa Casino will open in the October 2020 and replace Fort McDowell Casino, which will remain open during its construction.
We-Ko-Pa is located off route 87 on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Reservation about 20 miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
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A replacement for the Fort McDowell Casino, named the We-Ko-Pa Casino, is currently under construction at the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center. The new casino will be connected directly to the We-Ko-Pa Hotel by a garden court atrium.
Plans for this $120 million casino were announced by the Yavapai Nation in June 2018 followed by a groundbreaking June 29, 2018. A grand opening is expected in the summer of 2010.
The new We-Ko-Pa Casino will be larger than the Fort McDowell Casino with 166,341 square-feet of smoking and non-smoking gaming space, 1,100 slot machines, high-limit slots room, 760-seat bingo, table games and a live poker room.
The new construction will also add a four-story parking garage, covered valet parking, new restaurants, sports bar, patio lounge and gift shop.
The existing Fort McDowell Casino will continue to operate until the new We-Ko-Pa Casino opens in 2020. At that time the Fort McDowell Casino will close. There are currently no future plans for that building, however, the tribe has planning groups reviewing options to determine the best opportunities for its use.
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The Fort McDowell Casino will continue to operate until the all-new We-Ko-Pa Casino opens in 2020. At that time the Fort McDowell Casino will be closed and redesignated for other uses by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.
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246 rooms and suites
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100% smoke-free rooms
Located immediately adjacent to the casino
Wekopa Resort & Conference Center is 3.8 miles from Desert Canyon Golf Club.
May 14, 2020
Fort McDowell Casino will reopen at 10 AM Friday May 15 with a phased-in program to comply with federal, state and local health agency guidelines. Not all facilities will be open at first, and many will be limited in capacity.
All guests and workers will be temperature checked at entry for temperatures of 100F and under. There will also be occupancy limits, hand sanitizer stations, and stringent COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols throughout the properties.
Slot machines will operate with extra spacing for social distancing. Blackjack tables will be open. Bingo will begin May 22, however Bingo Buses are currently suspended. Poker is delayed pending guidance from government health agencies.
The hotel also reopens May 15. Room reservations resumed new bookings on Monday May 11.
June 6, 2019
Tribal leaders and members of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation gathered at the construction site of the new We-Ko-Pa Casino to celebrate the placing of the final steel beam. The event marks the half-way point for construction that began June 29, 2018 and will finish in the summer of 2020.
The ceremony decorated the final beam with a flag of the United States and a flag of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. The beam also carried a project banner, an artificial Christmas tree, and signatures of the Yavapai Nation tribal leaders and elders, project leaders, casino employees, tribal members and construction crew.
The beam was then hoisted into position on top the new Porte Cochere.
Bernadine Burnette, President of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, said during the ceremony
"Every beam we lay, and every milestone we achieve, brings us one step closer to realizing our dream of creating an unrivaled entertainment, gaming and dining destination for Valley residents and visitors to the area.
"The casino's topping-out ceremony is a celebration for all of us - the tribal council, our tribal members, our loyal and valued guests, and all the employees who so proudly represent our culture. It's truly a monumental day for the Yavapai Nation."
June 29, 2018
The Yavapai Nation held a ground breaking ceremony today to celebrate the start of construction on a new $120M casino. This all-new casino will connect to the We-Ko-Pa Hotel and will replace the Fort McDowell Casino when finished in 2020.
The Fort McDowell Casino first opened as a bingo hall in 1984 and expanded its casino games over the past 35 years. The new casino will be named the We-Ko-Pa Casino to consolidate its brand with the We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center and the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
Construction will begin this summer and take two years to complete. The expected opening for the new casino is late spring or early summer of 2020.
June 15, 2018
A ground breaking ceremony will be held on June 29 for the new casino owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. The ceremony will be held at 9 A.M. Members of the tribe, Arizona state officials, and members of the nearby communities are expected to attend.
When completed the casino will be 166,341 square feet. Plans include a garden court, fine dining, a sports bar, an entertainment venue, and other amenities for guests to enjoy.
The new casino will be a replacement for the current casino owned by the tribe. Fort McDowell Casino is 150,000 square feet. The original building will remain. However, plans for the building have not been announced.
The current casino location will remain open while construction continues on the new gaming venue.
The cost for the new casino has not been released. However, officials for the tribe have stated that the cost for the casino would be multimillion dollar.
The project was developed as a way to strengthen the economic independence for the tribe. Revenue made from the casino will go to support tribal members. As well as benefiting the surrounding communities.
Nearly 30 years ago the tribe built the first bingo hall in the Phoenix area to offer high stakes games.
Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of summer. The grand opening is estimated to be by the spring of 2020.
The new casino will be located east of Phoenix by 30 mins off of the Beeline Highway.
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