Construction has begun on a new casino in Nebraska. The groundbreaking ceremony for the future Grand Island casino-resort recently took place. It will replace a temporary gambling facility that opened in December 2022 at the Fonner Park racetrack in Grand Island.
Construction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2025. Its cost will be $100 million. Until the construction of the casino is completed, visitors will be able to visit the temporary establishment.
Grand Island Casino Resort will house 750 slot machines as well as 20 tables. Guests will also be offered a number of amenities: a 162-room hotel, a spa, outdoor and indoor pools, and a lounge area.
At the moment, the temporary casino has 325 slot machines and 7 tables.
Shane Grekel, a spokesman for the Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission, said the start of construction is a good way to look toward the future. Indeed, at the moment, the gambling industry has already provided $12 million in tax revenue for the state.
The owner and operator of the casino resort was Elite Casino Resorts. Its CEO, Dan Kehl, said that once the facility is operational, more than 700 jobs will be created. And in the first five years, the casino-resort will bring about $75 million to the state and city.