Pamunkey Tribes’ Norfolk Casino Resort Will Surpass Everyone’s Standards

Published: 23rd April 2021
Author: Joe Kizlauskas
Last Updated: 23rd April 2021

The Pamunkey Indian Tribe expressed optimism that its $500 million Norfolk casino resort would meet or surpass everyone’s standards, as well as a commitment to creating a project of pride.

Residents approved the project in November, and construction will begin once the Virginia Lottery approves the tribe’s application for a casino operator licence. The project’s first phase is scheduled to be finished in 2023.

In 2020, voters in four cities approved referendums to ensure the development of a chain of multibillion-dollar casino resorts, ushering in a new age of gaming in Virginia.

In addition to the $500 million Norfolk Resort & Casino, which was approved by a nearly 2:1 vote. The decision to allow casino gaming was also made in Danville, Bristol, and Portsmouth, with Caesars Entertainment, Hard Rock International, and Rush Street Gaming serving as operating partners on those projects, respectively.

‘Exceed the expectations of everyone’

Robert Gray, chief of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe said: ā€œIā€™m confident that this project will exceed the expectations of everyone. It will be the destination of choice for gaming in Virginia.

“We are living up to every promise we made and are determined to make this a project of which Norfolk can be proud.ā€

The remarks follow the release of several renderings of a proposed resort and casino in Norfolk that aims to “redefine the waterfront” and “take advantage of the Elizabeth River’s beauty.”

The resort will feature a 300-room hotel, an entertainment venue, a spa, a pool, a number of restaurants, and a casino floor with 3,000 slot machines and 150 table games.

The Commonwealth is projected to generate $850 million in overall economic impact per year, including $100 million in annual employee earnings, 6.2 million annual visitors, and $92 million in goods and services purchased.

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