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Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

Tribal Organization: Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians


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Cherokee, NC 28719


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Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort lies on a 56-acre property located 50 miles SW of Asheville at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

A $650 million construction project was completed in July 2012. It expanded the casino floor and added a 3rd hotel tower, luxury spa, a 3,000-seat Events center, new parking garages and food and retail outlets.

In 2017 Harrah's announced plans to add 800 new hotel rooms, an entertainment center and a parking deck. The entertainment center named Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center opened in August 2017.

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News Headlines

News North Carolina approves sports betting at Cherokee casinos July 26, 2019 - Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law the legalization of sports betting at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, NC and Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Hotel & Casino in Murphy, NC. ... Read more News Harrah's Cherokee Casino breaks ground on $250 expansion June 26, 2018 - A new $250 expansion prject has begun at Harrah's Cherokee Casino that will add 700 new hotel rooms, 83,000 square feet of meeting space and a new parking garage. ... Read more News Harrah's Cherokee Casino reveals plans for retail area April 9, 2018 - Harrah's Cherokee Casino has released plans for a new area of shopping, entertainment, and restaurants. New artist renderings show the future look of the casino resort. ... Read more News Harrah's Cherokee Casino finds 2,000-year-old village at archaeology site 02.16.2018 - Harrah's archaeology site was discovered in the parking lot where diggings have found fire pits, shards of pottery, housing posts, and stone tools. ... Read more More Headlines ...

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3,000 seats
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Entertainment Center

Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center

Opened in August 2017
$13 million, 50,000-sq-ft, two-story building adjacent to the casino
1st Floor: 16 bowling lanes, a food and beverage outlet, and an arcade area.
2nd Floor:  8 bowling lanes, a bar, and a food area.

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North Carolina approves sports betting at Cherokee casinos

July 26, 2019

Sports betting is now legal at the two tribal casinos owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee thanks to new legislation signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper today.

The two Cherokee casinos are:

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee, NC 28719

Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Hotel & Casino, Murphy, NC 28906

All sports bets in North Carolina must be placed at these two casinos. There is no mobile betting.

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Harrah's Cherokee Casino breaks ground on $250 expansion

June 26, 2018

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

Ground has been broken on the new expansion project at the Harrah's Cherokee Casino. The ceremony for the new $250 million project was held in the morning on Tuesday.

Attending the ground breaking were casino executives, officials, and Tribal Leaders.

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

Over 700 new hotel rooms will be added to the property. Meeting space will also add another 83,000 square feet. There will also be a new parking garage.

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

Originally, the casino resort offered over 1,100 guest rooms at the hotel and a gaming area of 150,000 square feet. There are also a number of dining options, bars, and shopping.

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

This $250 million expansion project is expected to be completed in 30 months.

This is one of several projects that the casino has working on. Recently the UltraStar Multi-tainment center was opened. The new venue offers an event stage, three bars, a restaurant with 200 seats, an arcade, and a bowling alley with 24 lanes.

An archaeological excavation was underway for several months before the ground breaking was held.

After the expansion is completed, 400 additional people will be employed. Many of them will be from Western North Carolina and surrounding areas.

Harrah's Cherokee Casino is owned by Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The casino operates 150 table games, including craps, black jack, and roulette. There is also more than 3,600 slot machines. There are currently over 1,100 guest rooms at the hotel.

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Harrah's Cherokee Casino reveals plans for retail area

April 09, 2018

The new Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort retail center has released the project design renderings. Plans include a combination of shopping, entertainment, and restaurants.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians own the casino resort.

Online shopping has changed the way people shop. All over the country, this has really hurt the success of large box stores and shopping malls. However, the tribe's Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed believes this project will be unlike anything anywhere else.

Shops that are chosen will be those that are the best fit for the new complex. Most of the space will be reserved for entertainment options and restaurants. This will help keep convention guests interested enough to stay and eat on property. Other guests will be interested in what there is to offer as well.

Funding options for the project will still need to be decided. That decision will be made by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council. The Gordon Group is interested in helping the tribe finance the project. The group will also be in charge of deciding which retail stores will be accepted at the new shopping venue. The tribe would be responsible for paying for new infrastructure. This includes the building of a new parking garage.

Financial proposals have ranged from the Gordon Group funding half of the project. Where the tribe would fund the remaining half. To the entire project, except for the parking garage, by the Gordon Group.

However, the tribe already is aware that the higher percentage that the group pays for, the higher percentage of profit that they will want in return.

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Harrah's Cherokee Casino archaeology finds 2,000-year-old village

February 16, 2018

By the end of next month the ongoing work at the Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort archaeological site is scheduled to be completed. The site was discovered in the parking lot and has proven to be about four acres in size.

The site is made up of several villages. One of which is over 2,000 years old. Fire pits, shards of pottery, housing posts, and tools made of stone have been found.

A public building made with a basket weave pattern was also discovered. The size of the posts that were discovered for this building were very large. They believe that the building must have been very large as well to need such large posts.

The discovery of the site is very important for the EBCI tribal members. It has helped them learn more about their history.

31 structures have been discovered at the site. It is from a period of time of Cherokee history that is unique and has remained untouched and intact this entire time.

The site was first discovered in 1994 by Lance Green. It was then recorded with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. More study of the site was recommended before the land would be developed. It was believed that under the parking lot there were remnants of the the Woodland and Mississippian Periods based on testing that was done.

Construction for the casino was postponed in 1995 so that the second phase of the archeological site could be furthered explored. Test trenches were dug, and features were discovered that were still intact.

Additional time to further study the site was negotiated between the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, state's historic preservation office, and the National Indian Gaming Commission.

After the second phase was completed there was enough evidence found that that casino was relocated to where it is currently.

The latest project is scheduled to end soon. Archaeologists that have been working hard to make sure that the project is finished in time.

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More News Headlines

11.13.2017 Harrah's Cherokee Casino celebrates 20th anniversary 08.17.2017 Harrah's Cherokee Casino unveils new entertainment center 01.25.2017 Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort announces $250 million expansion 01.22.2011   Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel opens third tower
09.03.2010   Harrah's Cherokee Casino opens new state-of-the-art event center
04.14.2010   Cherokee casino is halfway completed
03.23.2010   Harrah's Cherokee Casino plans state-of-the-art events center
03.08.2010   Paula Deen to open restaurant at Harrah's Cherokee Casino
01.28.2010   Harrah's Cherokee Casino's $600 million expansion
07.13.2009   Harrah's Cherokee Casino Hotel breaks ground on expansion
11.16.2008   Harrah's Cherokee Casino - Petition for Alcohol
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