The Catawba Nation has announced plans to fast-track the opening of the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort project by opening a “pre-launch” facility this summer.
“With the completion of our compact with the State of North Carolina, the Catawba Nation is eager to open the casino as quickly as possible to begin bringing economic benefits and jobs to the state and region,” said Catawba chief Bill Harris. “We’re working with Delaware North, our consultant on the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort project, as well as our developer, Skyboat Gaming, to make that happen by opening what we are calling a ‘pre-launch’ facility this summer.”
To be constructed using prefabricated modular structures, the pre-launch facility will have 500 slot machines and will offer limited food and drink options as well as other amenities.
“It makes sense to have the temporary prelaunch facility to start, and it will continue to operate during the construction of the introductory phase and possibly subsequent phases,” said Brian Hansberry, president of Delaware North’s gaming business. “It gives us a place to teach incoming staff and accommodates people in the region who are anxious to start gaming this summer.”
Located about 35 miles west of Charlotte, the total $273m casino resort project is expected to create 2,600 permanent jobs at full buildout.
“This project will prove to be a long-lasting and sustainable economic engine for the residents of Cleveland County, we are excited about the expedited timeline” stated Cleveland County commissioner Johnny Hutchins.