Thursday, August 22, 2019

Royal River Casino & Hotel $30M+ Expansion

By Native News Online Staff - August 22, 2019 at 12:00AM

Published August 22, 2019

Project Completion and Relaunch Scheduled for October 11th-13th 2019

FLANDREAU, S.D.— Royal River Casino and Hotel is excited to announce the Relaunch Weekend October 11th-13th to celebrate the substantial completion of their $30+ Million ground up renovation and expansion project. The project was made possible through a strategic investment from the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe to the Casino Resort, which they have owned and operated since 1990. The complex has been going through a multiyear renovation and expansion with the support of Architecture Firm Leo A Daly and Construction Firm Henry Carlson.

The Relaunch Weekend will kick off on Friday October 11th with a ribbon cutting and firework show at 7:30 followed by a concert featuring World Renowned Country Act Lonestar. The weekend will continue on Saturday night with a 2nd night of amazing music featuring Eli Young Band at 8pm. Royal River Relaunch Weekend will wrap up Sunday October 13th with one lucky guest driving away in a Brand New 2019 GMC Yukon XL SLT.

“To date over $25 Million has been invested in the floor to ceiling renovation and expansion project. With each phase of the project, guests to the casino have continued to enjoy the exceptional guest service the property has become known for, while also benefiting from the continued improvements in air quality, aesthetic, and overall gaming experience” said Senior Operations Director Tim Morrissey.

Phase 1 of the project saw the completion to the hotel room renovations including updating to carpet, wall covering, room furnishing, and conversion to a 100% smoke-free hotel complex.

Phase 2 of the project was finalized in winter 2017 with the completion of the hotel corridors and hotel lobby ground up renovation. Also included in Phase 2 was the completion of a state-of-the-art Administrative Building, expansion of the Casino Gaming Floor repurposing what had previously been the Bingo Hall. Finally Phase 2 saw the addition of a new high-end VIP Lounge offering a non-smoking bar off the casino floor featuring ice cold beer and specialty cocktails.

Phase 3 of the project brought the expansion of the gaming floor repurposing what was
previously the administrative offices. Also included in Phase 3 was the reconstruction of the Casino Porte-Cochere, expansion of the Casino Grand Entry, and relocation of the table games area.

With the completion of Phase 4 guests will begin to enjoy a newly created Center Gaming Bar offering premium draft beer and the best bar top gaming option in the region. Also include in the Phase 4 completion is the renovation and expansion of the Snack Bar which will now offer delicious food and exceptional prices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night snacks. The continued renovation and expansion of the gaming floor which will allow for future growth to over 700 of the best slot machines in the region.

The Final Phase of the project is slated for completion by October 10th, 2019 and will include the completion of the gaming floor expansion as well as a full scale Restaurant and Buffet Expansion. Throughout the final phase new air handler units to provide state of the art air filtration will come online, as well as new HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems.

“The $30+ Million investment is consistent with the casino and tribe’s mission to continuously position Royal River Casino and Hotel as the premier entertainment destination in the region. Offering the newest and best gaming, dining, and entertainment option to our guests,” said Senior Operations Director Tim Morrissey.



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