It was reported Friday that the Seneca Nation of Indians (which operates the Seneca Gaming Corporation) approved a $40 million expansion for the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino. The two-story expansion will add 360 more slot machine games, as well as 10 table games. It will also allow for added retail space in and around the property.
Currently, the casino has 800+ slot machines and 22 tables featuring classics like blackjack, roulette and Mississippi Stud. Construction will begin on the South Park Avenue side of the resort in October and should be finished sometime in 2017 according to Buffalo.com.
The expansion comes just two years after the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino found a more permanent casino building to run its operations. Prior to that, it had just been at a temporary gambling site when it originally opened in 2007. Although the move costed $130 million dollars at the time, it proved to be the right choice long-term. The casino itself attracts over 3 million visitors a year and has been a welcome site for residents in Buffalo, New York.
“Eight years ago, the Seneca Nation invested in our Buffalo Creek Territory when little else was taking place around us to draw people to the Inner Harbor area of downtown Buffalo,” said Seneca Nation President Maurice A. John, speaking about the casino’s temporary roots back in 2007. He would further elaborate on the casino’s maturation over the years, mentioning that the “Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is [now] at the epicenter for excitement in Buffalo.”
With the expansion on the horizon, the chairman of the Seneca Gaming Corporation, Barry Snyder Jr., was also excited to announce that the casino would be adding 300 workers to an already healthy-sized staff of 500. Other additions to the property will include a high-limit room for certain table games and slots and will be introducing a premium steakhouse restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating.