Creeks Going Trendy, Upscale on Riverside

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation will soon open the doors on the first phase of what it expects to be the crown jewel in Tulsa’s gaming scene – a $132 million casino complex, replacing a facility that has stood at 81st Street and Riverside Drive since 1984.
The complex, to be built in three phases, will contain 300,000 SF solely dedicated to gaming in Phase I
The facility will boast 2,800 electronic gaming machines, 15 poker tables and 24 blackjack tables, according to Jennifer Cross, director of marketing.
By contrast, the current Creek Nation Casino facility, located just north of the construction site, includes 1,500 gaming machines. When complete, the expanded Cherokee Casino in Catoosa will contain just over 1,500 electronic gaming machines.
Phase I, which will erect a casino and 1,750 surface parking spaces, is expected to open in late December.
The new Creek Nation Casino, described by officials as “retro-modern” in appearance, is being built by the Flintco Cos. Minneapolis-based Cunningham Group Architects, known for their interior and exterior design for the international restaurant chain Rain Forest Café, designed the facility.
The casino will contain five food and beverage venues including a centrally located 350-seat entertainment lounge; 400-seat buffet; 120-seat, 16-television sports bar; a 24-hour, 113-seat café and an upscale dining establishment featuring a variety of cuisine and menu prices ranging from $15-50, Cross said.
The various restaurants, which have yet to be named, will include full bars for the first time, as the entire campus will begin serving liquor June 1, she said.
The new facility will also boast a “High Stakes Lounge,” a first of its kind in Oklahoma, according to Cross, and a high stakes gaming area containing $25 to $100 slot machines.
Following the Christmastime opening, construction will immediately begin on Phases II and III of the complex, which will include a hotel, a 2,500-seat event center, 200,000 SF of convention space and two parking garages containing an additional 4,000 spaces.
The multi-story hotel, will contain 500 rooms and feature an upscale, glass enclosed “Ultra Lounge” overlooking the Arkansas River. ?

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