WELCOMING GUESTS: Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James Floyd greets guests at the ribbon cutting for River Spirit Casino Resort’s concert venue, Paradise Cove, while Second Chief Louis Hicks, left, and Country Music Star Chris Young look on.
Photo by ACE CUERVO
River Spirit Casino Resort is one step away from completing its $365 million expansion project that includes its construction of the Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant complex.
Since breaking ground in 2013, the expansion project has only one element left to open. The LandShark Landing pool bar, tropical-themed resort pool deck and Margaritaville Tiki Bar, outdoor event space, and new River Parks Trail will all be completed in the spring.
In August 2016, the Margaritaville Restaurant and Casino opened, which included the new resort grand entry and lobby, a Margaritaville coffee shop located in the hotel lobby, a Margaritaville retail store and a resort gift store, connectivity entrances to the River Spirit Casino, a valet parking structure, and a 3,000-space parking facility with a climate-controlled walkway.
The 30,000-square-foot convention center opened in September, with a ballroom and conference and board rooms with audio and video capabilities.
In December, its 27-story hotel tower opened with 483 rooms including 54 suites, an upscale spa and salon, a fitness center, a business center, retail stores, and a gift shop.
Country singer and songwriter Chris Young was the first to perform at the Paradise Cove theater, after it opened in January. Also opening in January was Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
Additionally included in the River Spirit complex is a 50,000-square-foot casino with 850 of the latest gaming machines and 27 live table/poker games and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant. The 400-seat restaurant includes two outdoor decks with views of the Arkansas River.
The economic impact over the two-year construction phase is approximately just over $300 million for the region and created 4,100 construction jobs.
When all openings are complete, the expansion will provide 1,000 new direct jobs and will support an additional 1,200 indirect jobs in the region. According to the Tulsa Regional Chamber, the ongoing regional economic impact is $135.1 million annually.