After a small start in 2007 in a 5,000 square foot building with only 133 slot machines, the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino expanded to a permanent casino in 2013 and now has progressed even further with the completion of a $40 million expansion. The casino now offers more than 1,100 slot games and 32 table games, with an estimated 3 million visitors a year, as players travel to New York from across the United States as well as Canada.
With the latest expansion, the casino has added 300 permanent employment positions which brings the total number of employees at the facility to 800. 440 construction jobs were created during the project. Seneca Gaming Corp.’s Board of Directors Vice Chairman, Kevin Seneca, commented on the expansion via The Buffalo News by stating:
“You look back to what was here 10 years ago, and there was nothing beside the grain towers. The Inner Harbor was an industrial district. The arena was basically it. Now, I think it’s a win-win for Buffalo and Western New York.”
On top of the changes that have already been made, the Buffalo casino also has changes left to complete. The new entrance features a 10 by 20 foot video screen that greets guests as they enter the facility, providing gaming venue updates. There is a new non-smoking area for those who wish to avoid cigarette smoke featuring 140 slot machines. This new room is located just past the new entrance.
250 new slot machines were added to the new gambling floor while the B Lo Bar was created to provide an easier way for consumers to receive drinks. For dining, the WD Bar and Grille steakhouse was added with 100 seats with a view of the grain elevators as well as downtown from the second floor. The restaurant is only open for dinner and begins accepting guests at 5 p.m.
Changes left to be made include new carpeting, additional fixtures, a high-end gift shop, The Creek (a casual sit-down restaurant) and High Limit gambling area.