November 14, 2008
GALLUP, NM - The Navajo Nation will open their first casino, Fire Rock Navajo
Casino, on Wednesday. The casino is located just east of Gallup, NM on old route
66, half a mile east of interstate 40, exit 26 in Church Rock, New Mexico. The
area is well known for its amazing rock formations and is close to the Red Rock
Fire Rock Casino will open in a temporary, tent-like structure featuring 64,000
square feet, 472 slot machines,10 table games, a poker room, a 400-seat bingo
hall and two upscale restaurants. It is the first of six casinos planned by the
tribe. They will build one more in New Mexico and four in Arizona.
"We're just barely getting started, but I sense that a lot of tribes are afraid
of Navajos getting into gaming, being as large as we are," said Navajo Vice
President Ben Shelly.
The Fire Rock Casino is expected to generate $32 million in annual revenue for
the Navajo Nation.
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