DODGE CITY - Boot Hill Casino & Resort opened its doors to the public yesterday and became the first state-owned casino to start operations. The other three state-owned casino are delayed with changes and red tape.
"It's a great day," said Clark Stewart, president and CEO of Butler National Corp., which manages the casino. "We're proud to be a part of economic development in western Kansas. That's the big item today. I have been looking forward to our grand opening day for quite some time and appreciate the dedication and efforts of the design and construction teams that have completed the first phase of the development project. I am proud of our 'Day 1' employees who have been working so hard over the past months to be sure all facets of the property are operational and ready for the grand opening."
An official ribbon-cutting was featured today with Gov. Mark Parkinson and Senate President Stephen Morris. "Even with today's economic challenges, Kansas has much to be proud of and much to look forward to," said Governor Mark Parkinson. "This world-class facility will bring business to Kansas while creating much needed jobs and resources for the state. The Dodge City Boot Hill Casino & Resort will be a destination not just for our own citizens, but for visitors from across the country."
The grand opening of Boot Hill Casino & Resort marks the completion of the first phase of development. The cost was $48 million and includes 584 slot machines, 12 table games, a 150 seat casual dining restaurant known as Firesides at Boot Hill, a bar known as The Saloon, and a snack bar and gift shop.
The total cost will reach $90 million when the second phase is completed in February 2012. The second phase will add a 124-room hotel, indoor pool, a 3,000-square-foot salon and spa facility, a 20,000-square-foot conference and entertainment facility, and 15,000 square feet of more gambling and dining space.
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