River Spirit Enhances Tulsa as a Destination City

POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT: Ray Hoyt, senior vice president of VisitTulsa and Tulsa Sports Commission for the Tulsa Regional Chamber, addresses attendees at the RiverSpirit Casino Resort topping off ceremony along with speakers, from left, Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James Floyd, River Spirit General Manager Jerry Floyd, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos CEO Pat Crofts, Margaritaville Holdings CEO John Cohlan, Manhattan Construction Project Manager Ryan Haynie, River Spirit Resort Hotel General Manager Tom Allen, and Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos COO Andy Langston.

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The recent topping out ceremony for the River Spirit Casino Resort Luxury hotel tower brought great anticipation for the greater Tulsa area becoming an even stronger destination spot for entertainment and fun.

The new facility will have 27 stories, 483 rooms including 54 suites, an upscale spa and salon, a fitness center, business center, retail stores, and a gift shop.

The River Spirit complex will include a new 50,000 square-foot highly themed casino featuring 850 of the latest gaming machines and 27 table games, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant, a bar and retail outlet complete with multiple bars on two levels, a seaplane, volcano erupting lava into a giant blender, a stage for live music plus two outdoor decks overlooking the Arkansas River with a combined seating for over 400.

A large tropical themed pool deck and riverfront entertainment area including poolside cabanas, palm trees and fire pits along with a Margaritaville operated Tiki Bar and a “Landshark Landing” beach bar with swim up seating will be included.
A Margaritaville Coffee Shop will be located in the hotel lobby.

The Convention/Meeting Venue will have 30,000 square feet of event and meeting space including ballroom, a pre-function area overlooking the pool deck and river, conference and board rooms with state-of-the-art audio and video capabilities.

The Entertainment Venue will have a showroom offering theater-style seating for 2,500 plus suites and lounge. The venue expands up to 3,000 seats for sporting events.

Additional food and beverage venues include an upscale steakhouse, the “5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar,” a three-meal restaurant, Johnny Rockets and several other new dining/bar options.

A new attached parking structure for additional (1,206) automobiles will be added, along with a new main entrance to the existing facility and enhancements to the existing facility exterior to complement and integrate with the expansion areas, including a complete re-facing of the existing casino facility’s to match the new expansion decor and finishes.

The construction timeline is 24 months with the projected opening date for the River Spirit Casino / Restaurant and parking structure in the fall of 2016 and the Hotel Tower and Showroom Theatre in the winter of 2016. The construction costs are estimated at $329 million with total costs at $365 million.

The Architect is Dallas-based . Construction is Manhattan Construction and Red Stone Construction and the Project Manager is Program Management Group Native

Updated 03-01-2016

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