Tohono O’odham Nation celebrates Desert Diamond Casino topping-off in Glendale
The Tohono O’odham Nation recently held the topping-off ceremony for Desert Diamond Casino in Glendale, the federally-recognized tribal nation’s newest gambling-friendly property. The topping-off ceremony, the installation of last signed steel beam, was held on Wednesday this week, marking a significant milestone in the construction of the tribal casino.
The brand-new casino is situated very close to Loop 303 & Northern Parkway. To be owned and operated by Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise, the exciting venture promises thrilling experience for all of its prospective guests. With an estimated construction cost of approximately $450 million, this state-of-the-art new gaming property is on track to be completed by the end of 2024. Construction was started in April this year, with an expected duration of ten months.
Verlon Jose, Chairperson of the Tohono O’odham Nation, said, “Today is a major milestone for the Tohono O’odham Nation. We have come a long way in building a more prosperous future for our people and the West Valley, but just like this new casino, we still have much further to go.”
Spanning approximately 184,000 square feet, the casino will be a haven for gaming enthusiasts. It will offer as many as 900 Class II slot machines, along with a poker room, a modern retail sportsbook, and an array of classic table games, such as craps, blackjack, baccarat, and craps. In addition to all that, there will be a variety of mouth-watering dining options to cater to every taste.
The well-known JCJ Architecture lent its expertise to the attractive design of the new captivating casino. After the initial phase, there are grand plans for the expansion of the property by adding a hotel, a conference hall, an amphitheatre, and a spacious event lawn. One can also look forward to an outdoor pool and a plethora of recreational offerings, ensuring a cherished experience for all who will visit. In short, there will be much for visitors to relax and have fun.
The casino project, managed by the Hunt/Penta Joint Venture, isn’t just about entertainment; it's also a significant boon for the local economy. During construction, it provided employment to over 5,500 people, and upon completion, it's expected to generate more than 1,000 jobs for people and a new stream of tax revenue for the government, offering a significant boost to the local economy.