Artist's rendering of the new San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, owned and operated by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in Highland, California. Image: San Manuel Band

San Manuel Band finally adds hotel to casino as part of major expansion project

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced plans for a major expansion of its gaming facility in southern California.

The San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino will finally get a long-requested hotel, Jerry Paresa, the tribe's chief executive officer said. The expansion project will bring about 500 rooms to the facility, along with a 4,000-seat entertainment venue, more gaming space, new amenities and a 2,200-vehicle parking structure.

“A hotel and other improvements will allow us to meet the growing needs of our guests, and bring additional economic benefits to the community,” Paresa said in a press release on Tuesday.

The expansion will take place on 795,000 square-feet of property adjacent to the existing casino, The San Bernardino Sun reported. Construction is expected to start early next year and be complete in 2020, the paper said.

The facility recently debuted a "Rockin’ Casino" area, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. It's also home to the first Rock & Brews in Indian Country. The eatery was created by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, the frontmen of the legendary band KISS, and recently underwent an expansion, the paper said.

“We had more customers than we could serve,” Loren Gill, the casino's general manager, told The Press-Enterprise. “A month after we opened Rock & Brews, I went to the tribal council and suggested we expand and it was approved by the end of last year.”

Read More on the Story:
San Manuel to build new hotel, event venue, parking structure next to Highland casino (The San Bernardino Sun November 7, 2017)
San Manuel announces new 500-room hotel (Highland Community News November 7, 2017)
4 ways San Manuel Casino transformed its bingo hall into a rock and roll-filled experience (The Riverside Press-Enterprise November 3, 2017)

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