The Oneida Indian Nation Plans to Spend $370 Million Upgrading the Turning Stone Resort Casino

Upstate New York’s Turning Stone Resort Casino is undergoing renovations after operating in the area for over two decades. The Oneida Indian Nation owns and runs the gaming property. It is willing to spend $370 million to reinvent the casino.

More Details About the Resort Casino’s Upgrade

The ongoing process doesn’t solely entail repainting the building. Instead, it will have a new hotel, conference center, and several outdoor event venues. Gensler, a leading architectural firm, is leading in Turning Stone Resort’s evolution.

When Will the Groundbreaking Take Place?

The resort casino’s groundbreaking is scheduled to occur in early 2024. The Native tribe believes that its investment will boost the region’s economy with more than $600 million and create 3,600 once-off vacancies. Still, it will pay state and local taxes totaling $22.1 million.

Even so, it is uncertain whether the Indian Nation’s plans involve the renovations they declared when it reopened the casino after the Coronavirus pandemic. It intends to double the current conference space by adding other outdoor and indoor event choices. They include a 30,000 square feet Grand Ballroom, two ballrooms, and eight meeting rooms.

The Grand Ballroom includes a terrace facing Shenandoah Golf Course and The Lodge’s Great Lawn. Turning Stone Resort Casino will have 2,000 new parking spaces, and its outdoor courtyard will have three additional spaces. It will have the biggest convention center in the state once its renovation ends.

New York has three other venues of the same size. So, promoters believe that the resort’s current amenities and new venues will help it attract players from the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas.

The resort will have The Crescent, a Four-Diamond hotel that will serve event and football attendees. Also, it will comprise 260 extra rooms, including over 15 two and one-bedroom suites, a fireplace, and a lobby for visitors.

The hotel will have a fast-service café with fine dining, Raw Bat and Salt Seafood. Yet, its space will have a distinct rustic design.

Oneida Indian Nation will transform the resort’s lodging into The Lodge, an award-winning Forbes Four-Star hotel that it will rename The Brook.

Reports show that The Lounge will shift to the resort’s Exit 33, NY Rec & Social Club. It has a Caesars Sportsbook, more than 60 HD screens, a wide array of entertainment selections, an outdoor patio, and classy seats.

The resort will collaborate with Rome Health to include a 5,000 square feet medical center for guests and staff. Its outdoor space will include a golf practice venue with a short game space that Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed and a driving range venue. It will have more than 120 EV charges, 36 of which will be Tesla Superchargers for workers and clients to use.

Oneida Nation Enterprises’ Rebranding

Oneida Nation Enterprises will be renamed Turning Stone Enterprises on October 1, 2023, to acknowledge the resort’s effort in raising each of the tribe’s enterprise’s standards. Also, it will identify each member’s contribution to maintaining the standards.

The Native Indian tribe founded Turning Stone three decades ago to steer economic growth and create jobs in Upstate New York. Oxford Economics revealed in its economic impact analysis that the Oneida Indian Nation’s ventures created over 7,000 jobs and boosted the region’s economy with over $1 billion. The Nation’s enterprise has 4,500 workers.

Turning Stone Resort Casino’s current upgrade will create over 1,000 construction jobs and generate over $1 million in revenue. Ray Haltbritter, Oneida Nation Enterprises’ CEO and Oneida Indian Nation Representative, stated that the gaming property’s evolution will make Upstate New York a leading gaming destination in the country.

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