One Feather Staff
The $330 million construction project at the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort could be seeing a grand opening in the coming months.
Originally slated for completion by early 2021, the project’s timing has primarily stayed true to course. The budget, however, saw an $80 million increase from the first projection of $250 million to complete the construction. This led to a budget meeting with Tribal Council last year to address the finance and communication between Harrah’s and the Tribe. An aerial photo taken of the construction as of March 2021 at the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort. (Photo contributed by Harrah’s Cherokee) According to Brian Saunooke, regional vice president of marketing for Harrah’s Cherokee, an opening should be expected some time after summer of this year.
“It’s going to be later. It’s not going to be a summertime open. It’ll be late fall, some time in that half of the year would be an easier target to nail down at this point. There’s still a lot of variables out there. Everything’s coming together according to timelines, but it’s a little too early to announce an official opening date,” said Saunooke.
Significant steps have been taken with the new parking deck being finished. The enormous concrete structure is situated on the western side of the resort and is connected to the new convention center. This parking deck has 2,000 individual spaces.
According to Harrah’s, the framing for all the guest rooms is now complete in the new hotel tower. Finishes for […]