News Release

Wilton Rancheria

Wilton Rancheria held a construction ‘topping off’ event on the site of the future Sky River Casino to celebrate installation of the last piece of structural steel for the building. This milestone marks another important step toward completion of the project with partner Boyd Gaming Corporation during the second half of 2022.

Wilton Rancheria, Boyd Gaming and general contractor AECOM Tishman | Yates held the topping off event August 20 to thank the contractor’s trade partners— including civil, concrete, steel, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and other firms—for their work on the project. Two cranes have been operating on the site since mid-July. Building, foundations and underground utilities work have been completed. Now that all structural steel erection is complete, construction of the building’s exterior and interior buildout will commence.

“We want to thank everyone who has worked so hard to help us reach this point,” said Wilton Rancheria Chair Jesus Tarango. “We’re moving ahead at a strong and steady pace and on track to meet our plans to open next year.”

“We are pleased to be on time and on budget with the construction of Sky River,” said Keith Smith, president and Chief Executive Officer of Boyd Gaming. “We share Wilton Rancheria’s excitement for the potential of this resort, and the substantial benefits it will deliver for the Tribe and the entire Elk Grove community.”

Mike Cherwin, Project Executive at AECOM Tishman | Yates, said: “We are honored to have the opportunity to lead the construction of this exciting project and are looking forward to continued collaboration with the Wilton Rancheria Tribe, Boyd Gaming, and the entire project team.”

Attending the event were local leaders, including Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen, state Assemblymember Jim Cooper, Elk Grove Police Chief Timothy Albright, Cosumnes Fire Chief Felipe Rodriguez and Elk Grove City Manager Jason Behrmann.

After members of the project team and others signed an iron beam, a crane hoisted and secured it atop the 40-foot structure, along with an American flag, the Wilton Rancheria Tribal flag and, in a topping-off tradition, a fir tree, which will be planted on the Sky River Casino site.

In March, Wilton Rancheria and Boyd Gaming broke ground on the newly named Sky River Casino, the Tribe’s long-planned project on approximately 36 acres in Elk Grove. Sky River Casino is being developed and managed by Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming on behalf of the Tribe. Sky River Casino will be the closest casino to both Sacramento and the south Bay Area.

Upon opening, the casino will feature up to 2,000 slot machines, more than 80 table games and food and beverage offerings featuring local and regional brands from across Northern California. 

The Sky River project will enable the Tribe to improve housing, education, and healthcare for its more than 800 members and ensure that the tribal culture, heritage and language are protected and preserved.

The project will create thousands of jobs and major long-term benefits for Elk Grove and the surrounding economy. Wilton Rancheria has agreed to invest $186 million over the first 20 years with the City of Elk Grove and Sacramento County to support police, schools, roads and other services. 

About Wilton Rancheria

Wilton Rancheria’s tribal status was terminated in 1958, and finally restored in 2009, after a long-fought campaign by tribal elders. Wilton Rancheria is the only federally recognized tribe in Sacramento County. In November 2011, the tribe adopted its modern constitution, and since that time, tribal leadership has worked to improve the lives of its members and positively serve the community from its offices in Elk Grove.

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