In Oklahoma, the federally-recognized, Osage Nation, has reportedly released further details of the $150 million expansion of its Osage Casino Tulsa venue ahead of the project’s planned late-August opening.
According to a Wednesday report from local television broadcaster, KTUL, the extension was ten years in the making and is due to transform the Osage Casino Tulsa into a resort-style property complete with a 120,000-gallon pool that will be able to comfortably accommodate as many as 240 people.
Due to open from August 31 and be operated by the tribe’s Osage Nation Gaming Enterprise Board vehicle, the expansion of the northern Tulsa property is to also encompass the debut of a 15-chair tanning ledge, pool-side bar and fire pit alongside a 6,000 sq ft outdoor entertainments area with a 15-person hot tub.
“The pool and outdoor entertaining space will be another entire venue option for Tulsans as they look to plan parties and events,” Byron Bighorse, Chief Executive Officer for the Osage Tribe Gaming Enterprise Board’s seven-casino Osage Casino brand, reportedly told KTUL. “This space will be an indulgent and high-end space that will add so much to our guests’ experience.”
The Osage Casino Tulsa began welcoming guests in 2005 with the broadcaster reporting that the redevelopment project is to additionally see the Osage County property’s gaming floor grow to encompass 247,000 sq ft of space featuring approximately 1,000 slots while its 74,000 sq ft hotel will host a 4,000 sq ft brewery featuring locally-brewed beers from Nine Band Brewing Company.
“We wanted to bring in craft beer brewed on site to offer our clients something they can’t find at any other casino in this region,” read a June 18 statement from Bighorse, who took up his current role in late-2014. “This is a new concept for casinos and we’re so pleased to offer something different and fun.”
Bighorse detailed that Nine Band Brewing Company, which is headquartered in the Dallas suburb of Allen, is to utilize large vats as well as a 20-barrel Prospero system to brew beers at the Osage Casino Tulsa while guests will furthermore be able to enjoy an adjacent bar where they can watch the brewers at work.
“Nine Band Brewing Company is a hip and young brewery that will bring craft beer to Oklahoma only found at Osage Casinos,” read the statement from Bighorse. “We’re so pleased to be the first and only distributor of Nine Band [Brewing Company] beer in Oklahoma.”