TULSA - Officials with the River Spirit Casino in Tulsa announced plans to build a 500-room hotel tower Monday, which they claim would bring Tulsa around 800 new permanent jobs and its construction nearly 2,000 more.
The casino's expansion will feature a 22-story Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant, complete with its own spa, convention and meeting center and a handful of restaurants.
Officials boasted of the future undertaking Monday, calling it "an investment to rival the BOK Center and ONEOK Field combined."
The facility will also hold some 750 electronic gaming devices and 20 table games within its projected 45,000 square feet of new gaming space, according to the casino.
“I’m excited about our partnership with Margaritaville,” said Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief George Tiger. “This is a great future for both groups. Our history in Indian Gaming and the experience Margaritaville will offer those who visit will make this a premier destination resort.”
Officials say the groundbreaking will begin in the fall, with plans to open the $250 million-facility by early 2015.
A press conference will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the River Spirit Event Center to officially announce the project.
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