To the rhythm of drums, dances and sacred songs, the Muckleshoot tribe gathered to celebrate the closing ceremonies of their 18-story, 400-room luxury hotel tower on August 26.
Then, to thunderous cheers, construction workers hoisted the final steel beam of the highly anticipated Muckleshoot Casino resort tower, and as it fell into place, the tribe celebrated the feat with fireworks. The 1,000-pound, 25-foot-long beam bears the signatures of members of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and the men and women who built the 18-story structure.
The event heralds the first major addition to the casino since the gaming facility opened 27 years ago at 2402 Auburn Way S.
“In the 1980s,” said Tyrone Simmons, COO of Muckleshoot Casino, “The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe entered the gaming industry by opening Muckleshoot Bingo to provide government services, economic diversification and opportunity for tribal members.These opportunities – created by the Tribal Council, Muckleshoot Bingo and the General Council – led to the creation of what is today one of the region’s most vital economic engines, Muckleshoot Casino, in 1995. ”
The project, which will add approximately 20,000 square feet of gaming space to the tribal resort, capped by a rooftop restaurant, is part of the major casino upgrade and expansion the tribe announced in February 2019. encompassing a new overall floor plan, expanded dining options, a 25,000 square foot events center and a larger smoke-free zone.
When completed in fall 2023, the glass tower — which will have approximately 400 rooms, expansive games, an indoor pool, spa services and a rooftop steakhouse among its amenities — will be the pinnacle of an evolution in phases for Muckleshoot Casino, and will be the largest of its kind in Washington State, ahead of Tulalip, which is now the largest casino and hotel-casino in the state.
The Muckleshoot Casino is located between the future hotel and the fireworks unloading area. Sixty percent of the rooms will face southeast, away from the dump area, so their occupants won’t hear much, but the remaining rooms that face the dump area will, meaning that hotel clientele nerves may need an adjustment or two. .
Tribe and casino officials acknowledged that the upgraded casino and resort hotel reflects the tribe’s need to meet “customer demand” and “expanding customer base”, no doubt with a competitive eye on the Tulalip Tribe’s $140 million QuilCeda Creek Casino and 150-room hotel.
“In the fall of 2023,” said Simmons, “Muckleshoot Casino’s legacy will reach greater heights with the opening of a premier destination experience. The 18-story, approximately 400-room resort will be proud for generations.