First look: Larger casino being built to replace Fort McDowell Casino near Fountain Hills

Posted at 11:38 AM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 15:18:43-04

A new casino is coming to the Valley.

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation said it will start construction this summer on a 160,000-square-foot casino, which will replace the current Fort McDowell Casino when it opens in spring 2020.

Fort McDowell Casino will remain open throughout construction, the tribe said. It is located near Fountain Hills on State Route 87/Beeline Highway.

The new casino will have an entertainment stage, garden court, high-end dining and a sports bar, according to the announcement. It will also be 16,000 square feet larger, totaling 166,341 square feet. (The current casino is 150,000 square feet).

An artist rendering of the new Fort McDowell Casino

"This exciting project will set a new standard for quality entertainment in the Northeast Valley while providing economic security to our tribal government," said Bernadine Burnette, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council President, in a news release.

The current casino will not be torn down, the tribe said. Though, they have not yet announced what the future plans are for that building.