The Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel was brought into being by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, and the grand opening will take place at 2pm local time on Monday 28 September. The venue has 50,000 square feet of gaming space that will be home to more than 70 table games and over 1,000 slots. The hotel, which has 300 rooms, will make it easy for players to visit the casino for extended periods.
It has been almost two years since work on the new building started, with ground first being broke on 15 October, 2013. Constructing the venue gave employment to around 500 workers, and when the casino and hotel is up and running it will employ around 900 people. All construction is now complete, and the final few weeks before the opening are being spent on minor touch-ups, staff training and the installation of the games themselves.
Supporters of the casino and hotel are hoping that it will benefit the region in a way that goes beyond providing direct employment to its staff. By attracting players who would normally go further afield to satisfy their gaming appetites, it is anticipated that third-party business and service providers will also experience a secondary benefit of the venue’s popularity, strengthening the local economy in general terms.
It will be some time before we get a true picture of how the new Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel fares, not to mention the kind of impact that it will have on the region itself, so for now we will simply wish the venue every success and we will provide an update in due course.