The Kansas Crossing Casino and hotel complex near Pittsburg, Kansas is set to open its doors for the first time on Friday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. However, the $80-million facility has set the grand opening event for April 8.
Throughout the last days of March the casino will host “early access dates” for a few select players. Director of Marketing Carter Bair explained that this is an opportunity to reward individuals who were the first to sign up for the players club and that they hope to add a few more lucky people before the opening date of March 31. The first group of cards are close to being mailed out to those who have already signed up for the players club and there is still time to sign up online as the Kansas Crossing Casino website.
After facing construction delays and a few legal challenges the casino is set to open the gaming floor to the public on the last day of March as well as two restaurants: Two Brothers Mining Co. and The Bronco Bar. The grand opening event, which was originally set for March and has since been pushed until April 8, will mark the first concert at The Corral, the indoor entertainment venue. The Kansas Crossing Casino features more than 625 slot machines, 16 gaming tables, a 123-room Hampton Inn and Suites as well as the entertainment Complex.
In January, the Kansas Crossing project faced opposition as the Supreme Court heard arguments from Brandon and Rodney Steven. Both were involved in the Castle Rock Casino Resort project, which had been rejected. Cherokee County added its voice to their cause and the Kansas Crossing Casino was forced to delay and file for extensions while the hearings proceeded. The conclusion of the trial saw Kansas Crossing seal the opportunity to be the last lottery-served casino in the state.
Although the act for the concert has not been announced Bair expressed his excitement about the casino’s opening. “This day means a lot to the many people that had a hand in making it happen,” Carter said in one interview. Carter also expressed his gratitude to the City of Pittsburg and the state of Kansas, thanking them for their continued support in the project. The casino has already created nearly 400 local jobs and awarded various partnerships with local businesses and Universities, valued at more than $4.5 million over a 10-year period.
The grand opening on April 8th will include special promotions as well as a limited number of commemorative items for guests to get their hands on. It is expected that the artist will be announced in over the next few days. The Kansas Crossing Casino will become the fourth state-owned casino amongst five Native American facilities.