The Sycuan Casino in San Diego, California will begin working on an 11-story hotel and expansion this Tuesday. The plans for the expansion include a hotel with 300 guest rooms, a 12,000 square-foot ballroom and additional gaming space. The Sycuan Casino will also be adding two pools; one for adults and one with a lazy river. Last but not least the casino will add a 1 1/2-acre garden, and new bars and restaurants.
As it stands, the 33-year-old casino operates with 2,000 slot machines and more than 40 gaming tables and a poker room in a 90,000 square-foot space. The current structure has a concert venue as well as five restaurants. When the proposed project concludes, the Sycuan Casino is set to have seven new restaurants and many new resort-style amenities.
The project aims to focus on developing the casino into a Las Vegas-style resort by adding a number of non-gaming amenities, in order to draw tourists from outside the San Diego area. The $226 million project was originally scheduled to begin construction in January or February will begin construction on Tuesday and is set to open in 2019.
In a statement written by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, the tribe explained that the proposed expansion would be rolled out in two phases. Tuesday would mark the start of the first phase and the time frame for the second phase has yet to be determined. The Assistant Tribal Manager for Sycuan’s, Adam Day, said in a statement that the expansion project is an economic development that will help the economy of the tribe, while creating hundreds of jobs for the surrounding community. Aside from the permanent jobs being created there is an expected 1,000 construction jobs that will be needed to complete the two-year building project.
In the state of California accounts for 1/4 of the Indian Gaming revenue in the U.S. Sycuan Casino needs to do whatever it can to stand out in a highly competitive state for casinos. Out of the 12 major casinos in the United States, seven of them have already gone through major renovations or non-gaming expansions since 2010. “It’s something that’s become indicative of casino environments in general,” says Sycuan Casino General Manager John Dinius. Dinius went on to explain that the Sycuan Casino has a strong desire to be the No. 1 casino in the region.
In order for casinos across the country to remain relevant they must be willing to adapt the resort-style gaming industry, which draws on crowds outside of the communities they exist in. A recent study done by Casino City shows that non-gaming revenue is the fastest growing part of the casino industry. Non-gaming revenue, the study claims, more than doubles the growth of gaming revenue in recent years.