Nation | Tribe: Tohono O'odham Nation
9431 W. Northern Ave
Glendale, AZ 85305
Desert Diamond West Valley Casino celebrated the grand opening of its new, $400M casino on Feb. 19, 2020. It is a 1.2M-square-foot facility with a 75,000-square-foot casino floor, 1,000 slot machines, 48 blackjack tables, 36 poker tables, bingo and five restaurants..
Artist rendering of new Desert Diamond West Valley Casino
The Desert Diamond West Valley Casino in Glendale opened a temporary casino on December 20, 2015. It operated until it was replaced by the permanent facility in Feb. 2020.
The West Valley Casino is located north of the Westgate Entertainment District, Gila River Arena and State Farm Stadium
The Tohono O'odham Nation had thousands of acres of their land in the San Lucy District ruined by continuous flooding caused by federal construction of the Painted Rock Dam. To compensate the Nation the U.S. Congress passed the Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Act (Public Law 99-503). The law authorizes the Nation to buy unincorporated lands in Pima, Pinal, or Maricopa counties as replacement reservation lands. It also directs the U.S. Interior Department to transfer the replacement land into federal trust.
In 2003 the Nation purchased 135 acres of unincorporated land near Glendale, Arizona, as replacement land for the purpose economic and community development. The Nation asked the Secretary of the Interior to take into trust allowing them to build a casino per the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). Lawsuits challenged the qualifications of these 135 acres as replacement land. The tribe has won 19 lawsuits, and expects to win two more in 2016.
The grand opening of the first construction phase was celebrated December 20, 2015.
The second phase of construction will add an all-new, permanent casino. It will be over twice the size and offer table games and bingo in addition to slot machines. Five new restaurants will be added in this phase. Opening date is end of 2019.
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Open 24 hours daily
Must be 21 to enter bars and gaming area.
35,000 sq-ft gaming floor
1,089 slot machines
Bingo - 380 seats
American cuisine, coffee & pastries - open 24/7
Asian or Mexican cuisine - open 10am-1am daily
Breakfast 8am-11am with unlimited breakfast bar
Nineteen 86 Steakhouse
Open Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm
Lounge Bar: 4pm-11pm daily
Nuovo Giorno Italian Bistro
Serving Italian specialties and pizza
Open Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm
Located outside the Nuovo Giorno Italian Bistro.
Winners Sports Bar
Open 11am-1am daily
Full Menu 11am-10pm; Limited Menu 10pm-1am
Future 600-room spa hotel
The casino is the first phase of a master plan to build a 1.2 million square-foot casino resort with a spa hotel, a 3-acre atrium, event center, restaurants and bars, retail space, and a convention center. The property size is 78 acres of a total 135 acres. Construction of the remaining phases is estimated at 32 to 44 months and a cost is $607 million.
New Casino (Feb 2020)
$400M, 75,000-sq-ft, 2,225 slot machines, 48 blackjack tables, 36 poker tables, 1,000-seat bingo hall
Five Restaurants (Feb 2020)
Buffet - 400-seats, 21,250 sq-ft
Coffee Shop - 150 seats, 6,590 sq-ft
Bars & Lounges
Sports bar - 90 seats, 5,600 sq-ft
VIP Lounge - 2,100 sq-ft
Casino Feature Bar - 4,800 sq-ft
600 rooms including 480 guest rooms and 120 suites
40,000 sq-ft that doubles as convention/meeting space
Convention and Meeting Space
Valet parking 250 spaces
Surface parking 3,000 spaces
Parking structure 750 spaces
May 27, 2020
The Tohono O'odham Nation will reopen its four Desert Diamond Casinos on Friday June 5 at 1pm. Details are still pending at this time. The Desert Diamond Casinos shut down March 18, 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
A message posted on the Desert Diamond Casinos website simply says:
"DESERT DIAMOND CASINOS WILL REOPEN ON FRIDAY, JUNE 5 AT 1PM.
WE ARE EXCITED TO WELCOME YOU BACK!
MORE DETAILS TO COME ABOUT OUR SAFETY PRECAUTIONS."
Tucson hotel rooms are available to book for dates beginning. June 29.
For player details about each Desert Diamond Casino location, visit these pages:
February 23, 2020
The Tohono O'odham Nation celebrated the grand opening of its new Desert Diamond Casino West Valley in Glendale, Arizona. Tribal members and dignitaries attended a private event at 10:00 AM for leadership and management speeches followed by a cermonial ribbon cutting. The doors opened to the public at 8:00 PM.
This new West Valley casino replaces the temporary casino that had been operating since December 20, 2015 at 91st and Northern avenues. The temporary casino was permanently shut down a 8:00 PM the previous night.
New restaurants and bars debuted with the grand opening. These included the Nineteen 86 Steakhouse and Lounge Bar, Nuovo Giorno Italian Bistro, Edge Bar, Fortune Cafe and Winners Sports Bar. All opened for the first time at 8pm on the Grand Opening day. For hours and descriptions see the "Restaurant" section above.
February 15, 2020
The Tohono O'odham Nation will open its new $400 million, permanent West Valley casino next week on Feb. 19 replacing their temporary casino at 91st and Northern avenues.
The new Desert Diamond Casino West Valley is located north of the Westgate Entertainment District, Gila River Arena and State Farm Stadium.
$400 million cost
75,000 square feet building
Opening: 8:00 PM, Feb 19, 2020
1,000 slot machines
36 poker tables
48 blackjack tables
Treena Parvello, director of Government Relations and Communications for the Tohono O'odham Nation said:
"This has been a long time coming."
"We're excited to finally unveil the next phase for this unique amenity in the West Valley, which is creating jobs and opportunities. This would not have been possible without the leadership of the Tohono O'odham Nation, and the guidance of the Enterprise Management Board."
December 4, 2019
Desert Diamond Casino West Valley will soon announce interviews to hire 1,300 new employees prior to the grand opening of its newly expanded casino on Feb. 19, 2020.
The West Valley casino is currently operating in a temporary building that employs 700 people. The operation of the new facility will require a total of 2,000 employees.
The job openings will include hiring for the slots, table games, bingo gaming operations, as well as for food and beverage services. Additional job will be available in security, cashier cages and environmental services. New employees will receive competitive salaries, a comprehensive medical plan, a 401K plan, paid time off and other employment benefits.
November 25, 2019
Construction of the $400 million Desert Diamond West Valley Casino is in its final stage. When this 2.3 million-square-foot casino opens Feb. 19, 2020, it will be one of the largest casino in Arizona.
The new Desert Diamond West Valley Casino is under construction adjacent to the temporary casino, which is currently operating since 2015. It will replace the temporary casino on Feb 19, which will be closed at that time.
The new gaming area will be double the current size and include 1,136 additional slot machines (2,225 total), 48 blackjack tables and 36 poker tables.
Other new additions that have been announced are two new parking garages and new restaurants including an Italian restaurant, a steak-seafood restaurant, a sports bar and a 24/7 cafe.
A grand opening ceremony and celebration will be announced closer to the opening date.
August 13, 2019
Construction on a new, 75,000 square foot West Valley Casino is expected to finish by the end of the year. It will add new gaming in addition to slot machines. The new casino will offer poker, blackjack and other table games, and live bingo.
This $400 million casino will replace the existing one opened in 2015. Its location is adjacent to the old one. The new gaming floor is more than double the size with 75,000 square feet compared to the current 35,000 square feet
In addition to a new casino there will be five new restaurants and two new parking garages.
Another construction project to add a hotel and spa will begin in early 2020. An opening date has not been announced, however the goal is to opoen before the 2023 Super Bowl at State Farm Stadium
September 19, 2018
The Desert Diamond West Valley Casino recently held a topping off ceremony for the construction of the new gaming venue. The casino is owned by the Tohono O'odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE). Placing the final steel beam into place is a major mile stone for the project as it nears the completion.
The project will cost $400 million to complete. 1,500 people have been contracted to work on the construction of the new casino. When the gaming venue opens 1,600 people will be employed to work there.
Located on 54 acres of tribal land it is close to Peoria and Glendale. The casino project will complement the other entertainment options and sporting events in the area.
The casino floor will be 75,000 square feet. There will be Class III gaming offered. This includes poker, blackjack, slot machines, and live bingo. The casino will also offer a total of five options for dining.
Plans were first announced in January 29, 2009 by the Tohono O'odham Nation. Legal battles and lawsuits were filed shortly after the project was announced. In December of 2015 the tribe was able to open the temporary casino building to the public. Construction began on the new casino building in December of last year. The interim gaming facility has continued to be in operation while the construction has continued on the new building. There are currently 600 people employed at the casino.
The end of next year is when the soft opening of the new Desert Diamond West Valley casino location is scheduled to open.
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