Chief Miguel: “A perfect example of what we can accomplish when we have common goals”
The Ak-Chin Indian Community and Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, part of Caesars Entertainment and the state’s only tribal casino to have an international management partner, has completed its three year, multi-million-dollar expansion project. To celebrate this milestone, the property hosted a weekend full of events including a VIP reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of The Events Center at Harrah’s Ak-Chin and two sold-out Dave Chappelle performances.
“This celebration is the culmination of an effort that pushed individuals to act on their best ideas,” said Robert Livingston, general manager of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino. “Working side-by-side with the Ak-Chin Indian Community Tribal Council, we were able to make the ideas a reality and create something truly beautiful.”
The vision for the renovation and expansion project that broke ground in June 2016, focused on creating spaces that would provide guests and visitors with high-quality hospitality, amenities and entertainment, further elevating the property to a full-service resort and casino.
“The Ak-Chin Indian Community is continuously looking for ways to make a positive economic impact in our community,” said Ak-Chin Indian Community Chairman Robert Miguel. “Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino is a perfect example of what we can accomplish when we have common goals. The property draws visitors not only from across the state but from all over the world,” said Chairman Miguel.
A central element to the renovation was a focus on the tribe’s rich history. Throughout the property, guests will see Native American-inspired artwork and design elements that highlight the culture and traditions of the Ak-Chin Indian Community.
The Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort expansion includes a new lobby, a 12-story, 229-guestroom tower, spa, expanded gaming space, new restaurants, a multi-purpose event center, parking garage, a new Bingo hall and a new renamed Laurel Lounge for Caesars Rewards members. In addition, enhancements are being made to pool-side rooms that overlook a newly renovated pool area with swim-up bar.
The Event Center at Harrah’s Ak-Chin
The Events Center at Harrah’s Ak-Chin seats more than 2,000 and will feature high-quality entertainers such as Dave Chappelle, who is taking the stage as part of Harrah’s Grand Opening Celebration on April 5 and 6 at 8 pm. Other performers to date include Penn & Teller and The Righteous Brothers, with upcoming shows such as Dwight Yoakam and Los Lobos.
Harrah’s Ak-Chin boasts the only Bingo hall in the Caesars organization, continuing the proud heritage of William F. Harrah, who opened his first Bingo hall in Reno in 1937. The newly renovated hall seats up to 430 players and features more than 200 electronic handheld BINGO devices.
Additionally, the new multi-level parking garage added an additional 730 parking spaces and allows direct access from the garage’s third floor directly into the casino and a direct connection to UltraStar Multi-Entertainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle.