River Spirit to get competition

River Spirit to get competition
Osage Nation to open new hotel/casino in north Tulsa Aug. 31. (www.osagecasinos.com)

“I want to continue to grow this business well for my tribe. This is an economic development revenue source for the tribe that is critical.”— Osage Casino CEO Byron Bighorse

Osage Nation prepares for casino opening

Kevin Barnett/Reporter

TULSA, Oklahoma— The Osage Nation announced August 31 as the grand opening date for the tribe’s latest venture, their downtown Tulsa casino.

Although it is being referred to as the ‘downtown’ casino, the new facility is located on the site of the existing Osage Casino-Tulsa, just four minutes north of downtown via the L.L. Tisdale Expressway.

“We are the closest casino to downtown and you see the expansion of all the construction of all of everything that has happened downtown. We really feel like we are a part of that,” Osage Casino CEO Byron Bighorse said in a press release.

With a cost of over $160 million, the casino promises to offer resort-style facilities and amenities including a 247,000 square-foot-gaming floor, a 141-room hotel with event space, a 4,000 square-foot brewery, a new parking garage, along with a 6,000-square-foot outdoor entertainment area with a 120,000-gallon pool.

With two large competitors, the River Spirit Casino Resort (Muscogee) and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Cherokee) also located around Tulsa, Bighorse recognized the need for continued improvement and growth of the new facility.

“I want to continue to grow this business well for my tribe. This is an economic development revenue source for the tribe that is critical,” he said.

The new casino is expected to create hundreds of jobs for Tulsa and possibly more if retail development follows the expansion, which Bighorse expects in the coming years.

The current operating casino located on the site is scheduled for demolition once the new facility is up and running, but will remain open until the grand opening of the new casino at the end of August

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