A major casino expansion could soon arrive in Glendale.
The Tohono O’odham Nation announced Friday it will break ground on a project that will more than double the size of the Desert Diamond Casino. Work is expected to begin before years’ end.
The southern Arizona tribe, whose name means “Desert People,” settled a lawsuit with the state last month. As a result, the tribe is able to operate a full-fledged Indian gambling operation at it’s casino, and the expansion will allow them to serve more customers.
According to their announcement, the casino floor will increase from 35,000 square feet to 75,000 square feet, with the addition of blackjack, bingo and poker games. Over a thousand bingo-style slots will be turned into regular slot machines to attract more patrons.
The Desert Diamond Casino opened with limited operations in 2015, as Governor Doug Ducey’s administration denied it a license necessary to have full-fledged gambling operations.
The settlement was reached in exchange with Tohono O’odham Nation pledging not to add more casinos in metro Phoenix. They also have casinos in Nogales, Why and Tucson.
For more information on Desert Diamond, please visit the official website.