MGE, otherwise known as Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, has today announced major expansion plans for its casino resort; ilani, in the US state of Washington.
The manager of the property, located in Ridgefield, is pleased to announce the premises updates as the gaming and hospitality brand continues to expand and develop integrated entertainment resorts around the world.
The Cowlitz Tribe, Howard S. Wright and Friedmutter Group are a partnership that has come together to set out the plans and develop the additions to an already thriving resort.
The future development will include new on-site restaurants, a 14 story hotel and an expanded gaming space for its Indian casino venue that initially opened on the 24th April 2017 following a reservation legal battle over the tribe’s rights.
Mario Kontomerkos of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment commented on the property expansion:
“On the heels of combatting many challenges this year, we are thrilled to announce the expansion and growth of ilani, bringing a wealth of new amenities and entertainment options for future guests.
As we continue on this path of strategic development, we recognize this expansion will bring growth, prosperity and excitement to the Pacific Northwest and further position ilani as the premier gaming, dining, entertainment and meeting destination in the region.”
The Cowlitz Tribe has a long term vision for the reservation and the news come after recent investment that saw the establishment of a parking garage, convenience store and Meeting and Entertainment Centre.
The construction works are scheduled to start next week on the 15th October 2020, including initial development of the additional gaming space, which in total will equal some 400k square foot gaming area when complete. To follow will be the development of the hotel and top-floor restaurant venue.
General manager and president of ilani, Kara Fox-LaRose also spoke out about the development:
“We have been steadfast in our efforts to bring forward a business model that complements our region and provides an unmatched experience for our guests.
Our business has grown incrementally since opening just over three years ago, and our new parking garage, expanded gaming space and additional restaurants provide increased opportunities to ensure the sustainability of our business and will continue to contribute to the economic vitality of our tribe and the area.
The addition of a hotel will allow us to bring more visitation to our region, and we are looking forward to the stabilization of our economy so we can begin construction.
In the meantime, we will advance the design with the Cowlitz Tribe to ensure its elements properly represent the tribe’s heritage and meet the needs of our guests.”
ilani is a casino resort estimated in the region of $500m and currently houses around 2,500 slot machines and 75 table games in its casino, which was developed by the Friedmutter Group, a Las Vegas-based firm specialising in gambling projects.