Jackpot slated to break ground for casino expansion

The Lower Sioux Indian Community announced last week its plans to break ground in August for a casino addition and renovation project designed by Walsh Bishop Design LLC with a completion estimation of December 2014.

Loeffler Construction & Consulting out of Lakeville has been named as contractor on this project. The proposed project consists of building a new addition to the facility and renovating the existing Portside and Classic Casinos. The addition would be built to replace the existing Skyline Casino and Bingo Hall, including the supporting back of house in those areas. Another part of the project is using a portion of the existing Dacotah Exposition Center to create new second level suites that open to the Exposition Center.

Once the new addition is built and operating, the existing Skyline Casino and Bingo buildings will be removed. This will allow for a new main entry to the Casino. A new entry drive will direct traffic toward the front door and allow guests to pull off into separate parking areas for the hotel and casino or pull under a large canopy at the new main entrance of the casino.

Some of the highlights of the new addition and renovation are as follows:

Expanded gaming floor that creates a more consolidated layout

60-seat center bar which will be the focal point of the facility

225-seat bingo hall with 75-seat non-smoking area

In-floor displacement ventilation system

160-seat sports bar/entertainment venue

Centrally-located Players Club and cashiers

Highly-visible promotions area

New entry to the Dacotah Exposition Center

“As you know, the existing casino complex has served the Community well, creating employment and allowing the Tribe to improve the lives of our members,” Jackpot Junction General Manager,Brian Pendleton said. “However, portions of the casino are near 30 years old dating back to the original bingo hall, resulting in an outdated facility and infrastructure.”