On Monday, Cherokee Nation officials gathered to celebrate the topping off of construction on their new entertainment destination. The Nation began construction on the $80 million project to its Cherokee Casino & Hotel in Roland, Oklahoma, in April 2014. The project is expected to bring at least 100 jobs to the area, the Nation said in a news release.
“Today marks a significant step toward the completion of our Roland expansion. The Cherokee Nation’s growth means more money for infrastructure, roads and schools in Sequoyah County. That is good for the Cherokee Nation citizens and good for our partners at the municipal, county and state levels,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.
The plans include a resort-style hotel, featuring 120 rooms, along with convention space to host conferences, special events, weddings and trade shows. The casino will offer 850 electronic games, table games and a poker room. Along with the expanded gaming options, guests can enjoy a cocktail and live music at the entertainment venue. Guests can also choose from two dining options: a grab-and-go café and Las Vegas-style buffet.
“It’s an exciting time in our company when we can come full circle. We are bringing our guests the best in gaming entertainment and hospitality,” said Shawn Slaton, chief executive officer for Cherokee Nation Businesses. “It’s a great day for Sequoyah County and this region.”
“It means more employment opportunities for the area, and is something we’ve waited a very long time to have,” said Janelle Fullbright, Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor representing district 6.
Crews expect to complete the new 170,000 square-foot facility this summer.
The first Cherokee Nation Bingo Outpost was opened in Roland in 1990. Twenty-five years later, the property has become one of the region’s leading entertainment venues.
Today, the 50,000-square-foot property features more than 600 electronic gaming machines, seven poker tables, six table games and a 24-hour diner. Cherokee Casino Roland employs 320 people.
Cherokee Nation Entertainment is the wholly owned gaming, hospitality, retail and tourism entity of the Cherokee Nation. The company operates Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa; seven Cherokee Casinos, including a horse racing track; three hotels; three golf courses; and other retail operations. The region’s entertainment leader employs more than 3,500 people.
Cherokee Casino Roland is located off Highway 64 on Cherokee Boulevard in Roland. For more information on Cherokee Casinos, visit CherokeeCasino.com.