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Wind Creek Bethlehem has Grand Opening

Formerly Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem

Tribal Organization: Poarch Creek Indian

WIND CREEK BETHLEHEM

77 Wind Creek Blvd
Bethlehem, PA 18015

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Wind Creek Bethlehem

Wind Creek Bethlehem is located 82 miles from New York and 50 miles from Philadelphia. It opened as the Sands Bethlehem in May 2009 at a cost of $743 million and was built on the site the former Bethlehem Steel plant. Since its opening the Bethlehem casino has been the most successful in Pennsylvania.

On March 8, 2018 a deal was announced to sell the Bethlehem casino to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama. The purchase was completed in early 2019 and official opened as Wind Creek Bethlehem on Oct. 10, 2019. The property is managed by Wind Creek Hospitality, the gaming and hotel operation of the Poarch Creek Indians.

2020 Expansion Projects

In 2020 Wind Creek Bethlehem will begin construction on two new projects. The first will be a $90M hotel with 276 guest rooms and 42,000 square feet of additional meeting space. The second will be a 300,000-square-foot adventure and water park built at the historic No. 2 Machine Shop. See news article

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News Headlines

News Wind Creek Bethlehem plans new hotel and water park October 20, 2019 - Wind Creek Bethlehem is planning a major expansion at the historic No. 2 Machine Shop of the old Bethlehem Steel factory. The plan includes a 300,000-sq-ft water park and a 276-room hotel. ... Read more News Wind Creek Bethlehem Celebrates Grand Opening October 14, 2019 - The Poarch Creek Indians of Alabama celebrated the grand opening of their Wind Creek Bethlehem casino and resort. The property is the former Sands Casino & Resort Bethlehem. ... Read more News Wind Creek Bethlehem Goal: 'No. 1 Resort Destination in the Northeast' May 27, 2019 - The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has approved the $1.3B sale of Sands Bethlehem to the Poarch Creek Indians of Alabama clearing the way for closing the deal ... Read more News Sands Casino is renamed Wind Creek Casino and Resort March 16, 2019 - The new buyer's name for Sands Bethlehem was unveiled this week when the sign on the landmark ore crane was changed to "Wind Creek Casino and Resort". ... Read more News Sands Bethlehem Bethlehem is sold to Alabama Tribe March 8, 2018 - The Alabama based Poarch Band of Creek Indians is purchasing Sands Bethlehem for $1.3 billion. ... Read more

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Emeril's Chop House
Classic American steakhouse open Sunday - Thursday 5pm - 10pm | Friday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm

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Steelworks Buffet and Grill - International dishes, pasta station, pizza, meat-carving station

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News Articles

Wind Creek Bethlehem plans new hotel and water park

October 20, 2019

(Courtesy Wind Creek Hospitality)

Wind Creek Bethlehem celebrated its grand opening last week after purchasing and rebranding of the former Sands Casino Resort at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Wind Creek also confirmed it will start construction in early 2020 to expand their new property.

The first phase will be a $90 million hotel with 276 rooms and 42,000 square feet of additional convention space. The ground breaking is expected in early 2020 and construction will take 14 months to complete.

The second phase is a $250 million adventure and water park project at the historic No. 2 Machine Shop. This will be a 300,000-square-foot attraction. Wind Creek is seeking a partner for this project but is committed to proceed alone if the "right" partner is not found.

These projects are estimated to attract an addition 1.4 million visitors per year.

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Wind Creek Bethlehem Celebrates Grand Opening

October 14, 2019

The Poarch Creek Indian Tribe celebrated the grand opening of their new Wind Creek Bethlehem on Oct 10. The casino is the former Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and was purchased by the tribe for $1.3 billion five months ago. Since then the casino and hotel have been rebranded, renovated, expanded and reopened under the management of Wind Creek Hospitality, a Poarch Creek Indian corporation also known as PCI Gaming Athority.

The grand opening celebration included tribal dancing and a visit by tribal princesses prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Wind Creek Bethlehem Goal: 'No. 1 Resort Destination in the Northeast'

May 27, 2019

The $1.3 billion sale of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to Alabama's Poarch Band of Creek Indians can now proceed with this week's approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

The Board also approve licenses for the tribe and its gaming executives. The casino will be managed by Wind Creek Hospitality, the gaming and hospitality operation for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

Wind Creek President and CEO Jay Dorris said: "Our expectation for this property is it will be the No. 1 resort destination in the Northeast."

Two major projects are planned to achieve this:

$90M HOTEL EXPANSION
Wind Creek will build a 276-room hotel and add 42,000 square feet of meeting space. This will add to the property's current 282-room hotel and 27,000 square feet of meeting space. Construction is expected to last 2 years.

$250M ADVENTURE AND WATER PARK
This project will transform the No. 2 Machine Shop of the old Bethlehem Steel factory into a 300,000 square foot water park and 400-room hotel.

These property enhancements are estimated to add 1.4 million visitors to the current 9 million visitors per year.

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Sands Casino is renamed Wind Creek Casino and Resort

March 18, 2019

As the sale of Sands Bethlehem to Alabama's Poarch Band of Creek Indians is in the final stage of approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the new name of the casino was unveiled this week when the sign on the ore crane was changed to Wind Creek Casino and Resort.

Approval to change the sign was approved by the Bethlehem Planning Commission last week following a presentation by Wind Creek Hospitality. Wind Creek Hospitality is the gaming and hotel operation of the Alabama tribe.

The board approved changing all signs to the new name. The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem will be renamed The Outlets after the sale is finalized.

When the sale is finalized, Wind Creek Hospitality plans to break ground on a second hotel as part of a $190 million expansion of the property. They are also considering building an indoor water park.

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Sands Bethlehem Bethlehem is sold to Alabama Tribe

March 08, 2018

Sands Bethlehem

On Thursday an announcement was made that the Sands Bethlehem Bethlehem is being bought by Wind Creek Hospitality. The company is owned by the Alabama based Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

$1.3 billion is being spent to purchase the property.

The tribe is made up of 3,000 members. They currently have casino locations in the northwestern section of Florida. Another location is in the southern area of Alabama. The casinos are considered smaller in size. They do operate with a Class II gaming license. This means they can operate pull tab based games, as well as bingo. Gaming regulators in Alabama will not allow for the operation of slot machines. Wind Creek has expressed interested in being able to operate slot machines.

The Sands Bethlehem will be nearly three times larger than the other facilities. Plus the tribe will be allowed to offer slot machine gaming.

A deal was made in 2016 to purchase the Margaritaville Resort Casino located in Louisiana. However, agreements on licensing of the name cause the deal to fall through.

The tribe also purchased 35 acres of land in Mississippi in 2016. Plans were announced last year for a new Wind Creek Casino location.

When the tribe bought the Sands Bethlehem questions were raised about possible other casino purchases in the future.

The gaming industry is not the only business that the tribe has invested in. OWA is an entertainment amusement park that was opened last year. It cost $260 million and is located in Foley, Alabama.

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