Creek Nation to Expand
LOOKING AHEAD: Honorable Chief A. D. Ellis, right, discusses expansion plans with Architect Ed Bishop after the recent groundbreaking at the Creek Nation Casino in Tulsa.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on March 12 at the Creek Nation Casino at 81st Street and Riverside Drive in Tulsa to celebrate the beginning of an exciting $4.6 million expansion and renovation project.
After many years of growth and increased returns to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Creek Nation Casino-Tulsa is moving forward with the project, which will expand the south side of the existing building by approximately 34,500 square feet and increase the casino’s total size to 81,000 square feet. The development includes many improvements to the current facility and will incorporate a VIP Lounge, an upgraded VIP high stakes gaming room, a new food and beverage area, a stage for entertainment, and improved parking. The increased floor space also allows for approximately 400 additional gaming machines as well as room for table games that are expected later this year.
Construction will be done in phases that will result in the least amount of impact on casino patrons and staff. The project is expected to be completed in August 2005.
The Creek Nation Casino–Tulsa expansion and renovation project was designed by Ed G. Bishop, Architect AIA, of EGB Architects in Norman Okla. The contractor is Muscogee Nation Business Enterprise (MNBE), headed by Steve Bighorse, Construction Services Operations Manager.
Opened originally as Creek Nation Tulsa Bingo in 1984 along the banks of the Arkansas River, Creek Nation Casino–Tulsa was the first high-stakes Indian bingo establishment in the state of Oklahoma. Today, Creek Nation Casino–Tulsa offers a unique brand of entertainment, exciting promotions and events, huge cash payouts and excellent customer service. With the completion of the expansion and renovation project, the casino will reposition itself as “Green Country’s” top gaming entertainment venue.