Cherokee Nation Businesses will hold a ground breaking at 11 a.m. Tuesday for a new casino and hotel in Roland. The new facility will replace the current casino, but that casino will not be closed. The new facility will be built around the one already open. Janelle Fullbright, Cherokee Nation Tribal Council member who represents a portion of Sequoyah County, said the new entertainment venue will be built in three phases, beginning with a new casino, followed by a new hotel and then an events center. The new 170,000 square foot facility will offer 850 electronic games, table games and a private poker room. Two restaurants, a grab-and-go cafe and a buffet, will be offered to guests. The hotel will feature six stories and will be built as a resort featuring 120 rooms along with the convention center. It is expected the project will be completed by the end of 2015, and bids for various parts of the construction are being sought by the Cherokee Nation on the nation's web site. Stay tuned to KXMX for the latest news, or visit www.kxmx.com.
By Sally Maxwell
Senior News Director