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Wild Horse Pass Casino project breaks ground

20 November 2007

ARIZONA -- As reported by the Arizona Republic: "In an open field west of Interstate 10 and south of Ahwatukee, members of the Gila River Indian Community began work Monday on a $200 million casino and hotel they hope will ease their 42 percent unemployment rate, generate revenue for tribal members and lure more visitors to the 600-square-mile community.

"The new Wild Horse Pass Casino & Hotel is the second new casino the community has begun to build in the Southeast Valley; the other casino being built is a new location for Lone Butte, south of the Santan Freeway near Kyrene Road in Chandler.

"The new casinos will be at least 1½ miles apart as required by the gaming compact between tribal governments and the state.

"...The project includes a 100,000-square-foot casino plus a 241-room, 10-story hotel with a ballroom, conference facilities, pool, spa/health club, restaurants and covered parking.

"It is being built on the northwest corner of Wild Horse Pass Boulevard and I-10, and will be more visible from the freeway than the existing Wild Horse Pass Casino about a mile to the southwest.

"...The new casino and hotel are expected to open in May 2009. Tribal leaders haven't decided what to do with the existing casino building near 48th Street and Will Horse Pass Road after it closes..."

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