A new expansion for the Fort Randall Casino is in the works. The Yankton Sioux
tribe is hoping to make the $10 million project a resort for families. The plan
is to bring Vegas style gaming to the casino, but also be family friendly. A
place where visitors can be closer to home. Gaming and entertainment aimed
toward adult fun. A swimming pool and a day care center will be added for the
children to have fun.
Currently the casino has a 68,000 square foot gaming floor. It operates 250
gaming machines, 3 poker tables, and 6 tables for blackjack. There is also a 125
seat bingo hall. 58 guest rooms are in the 3 story hotel. The Fort Randall
Casino employs 300 people.
The expansion will take an estimated 5 years to complete. The first phase of the
project is scheduled to be finished May 2011. This will include an addition of
31,000 square feet to the gaming floor. A new ventilation system will be added
to help eliminate smoke. Upgrades the poker and blackjack gaming areas are
planned. New slots will also be added.
In the expansion's second phase, a new convention center and bingo hall with a
stage will offer 500 seats. A 100 room hotel that is 7 stories will be built at
this time and a swimming pool will be added. A fitness center will also be built
that will offer memberships and be open to the public.
The final stage of the casino's new expansion will include new entertainment
areas and a new restaurant.
The Yankton Sioux Tribe is hopeful that the additions to the casino will help
bring more visitors. If so, this will help to generate more jobs for people. It
will also help them recover from losses caused by the June floods.
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