Gila River tribe set to build fourth casino in metro Phoenix area

Gila River Tribe Stephen Roe Lewis
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The Gila River Indian Community is preparing to build a fourth casino in the metro Phoenix area in Arizona. The new development will be located on community trust land south of Chandler.


During a June 18 meeting, the Community Council approved a budget for the design and construction of the new casino. The tribe is reportedly in the process of hiring an architect, with construction expected to take 18 to 24 months.

Gila River Casinos, an enterprise arm of the Gila River Indian Community, already operates three casinos in the state, Wild Horse Pass, Vee Quiva and Lone Butte. As part of the negotiations between the state and tribes to allow sports wagering in Arizona, the Gila River Indian Community was allowed to open a fourth property.

“The Community has been engaged in negotiation for years with the state regarding an amended and restated compact,” said Gila River Indian Community governor Stephen Roe Lewis. “Adding a fourth casino will bring additional revenue, security and critical services to community members.”

The new casino will offer several new games allowed under the revised compact, including new table games and sports betting, a representative of the community stated. The development is expected to cost more than $100m, while plans could be expanded to add a hotel.

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