Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to lead further Durant resort casino expansion

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, who operate a plethora of gaming facilities across The Sooner State, is to expand its casino resort property located in the city of Durant.

Breaking ground in late spring of next year, and taking approximately 24 months to complete, this is set to be the fourth expansion project undertaken at the property since the original casino opened 12 years ago.

Furthermore, the expansion, which is set to bring in the region of 1,000 jobs to the region, is to see an expanded gaming floor, increased room capacity and additional amenities, such as new pools and lazy river, parking garage, retail space, conference centre, entertainment options and food and beverage.

The very first Choctaw casino within Durant opened its doors for the very first time in 2006, and consisted of more than 100,000 square feet.

Four year later the tribe expanded through the addition of a grand tower, with the most recent renovation, complete in 2015, seeing the inclusion of another hotel tower with a spa, The Grand Theatre and The District family entertainment centre.

Gary Batton, chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, explained: “More than 30 years ago our tribe had the vision to begin this expedition, by purchasing the 50 acres that the resort resides on today. The property was the starting point for many wonderful things to come for our tribe.

“We are elated to continue to grow with our community, and improve the lives of our tribal and community members. This expansion will help the local economy, and meet the demands of our growing customer base.”

Tutor Perini Building Corporation is to lead the design-build team, drawing upon prior experience that has seen the completion of in excess of 30 relevant projects for various tribal nations over a 25 year period.

The developer for the expansion is the TynanGroup, who themselves boast more than $6bn of hotel, resort and casino experience.

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma operate from eight primary locations spread across Oklahoma, namely Durant, Grant, Pocola, Stringtown, McAlester, Stigler, Idabel and Broken Bow.