The Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, has announced the formal opening of its resort expansion, which includes a 21-story Sky Tower Hotel, new facilities, restaurants, bars, and entertainment options.
The newly expanded Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, located in southeastern Oklahoma just over an hour’s drive from North Texas, is one of the country’s largest casinos.
Elevation of tribal members lives
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma chief, Gary Batton said: “I am extremely grateful to everyone who has played a role in delivering such a magnificent, top-tier entertainment destination for our region that not only elevates the experience for our guests, but elevates the lives of tribal members, individuals and families living across the state.
“This expansion means 1,000 new jobs, funding for much-needed services for tribal members, millions in economic growth for Oklahoma, and additional dollars our tribal government invests in education and infrastructure improvements for all Oklahomans.”
Choctaw spent $600 million in the upscale entertainment destination with the purpose of elevating the whole guest experience in order to suit the demands of a rising customer base from North Texas and beyond.
Heidi Grant, executive officer of gaming and hospitality for Choctaw Nation said: “We wanted to create a resort and gaming experience unlike any other and I am proud to say the expansion rivals anything you would find in Las Vegas,”
“We are thrilled to showcase everything that’s new for guests from Oklahoma, North Texas and beyond. The attention to detail is incredible.
“From the amazing Choctaw art on the walls to new gaming options and swimming pools, to hip new restaurants and lounges and exquisite hotel suites, there is literally something for everyone at the new Choctaw Casino & Resort.”
Tutor Perini Building Corporation and JCJ Architecture
The Choctaw expansion project was driven from concept to completion by the design-build team of Tutor Perini Building Corporation and JCJ Architecture, both pioneers in their disciplines with substantial hospitality and gaming experience.
Bob Gdowski, AIA, principal and director of hospitality design with JCJ Architecture said: “As gaming patrons across the globe have continued to become increasingly sophisticated in their expectations, it was important to respond to these expectations.
“The Nation inspired us toward a design that is architecturally refined, is contextually responsive, and most importantly is experientially engaging.”
There are 3,300 new slot machines on the property, which include a mix of new and classic slots, bringing the total number of machines to over 7,200. The expansion also adds over 40 new table games and a 30-table poker room, bringing the total number of tables to 136.