The formerly closed Bordertown Casino and Arena reopens today at 11 am after the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma tries a soft re-opening of the property. The gaming facility is located at 129 W. Oneida Street and is just under one mile from the border of Oklahoma and Missouri.
Bordertown Casino has a western theme and offers over 500 slot gaming machines, a restaurant and event center. A dance floor is located on-site with live music, while the arena plays host to competition bull riding events.
The facility was first opened back in 1984 and offered bingo gaming. By 2005, the facility was turned into a fully operational casino but was closed in 2013 due to the tribe working on another gaming venue, the Indigo Sky. The Eastern Shawnee tribe failed to bring another business to the gaming building, the officials of the tribe decided to renovate Bordertown and then re-open, which added close to 130 permanent employment positions at the facility.