A temporary, 500-slot pre-launch gaming facility will open this summer in Kings Mountain. Donated image A federal lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Interior’s decision to allow the South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation to build a casino in Cleveland County is far from resolution, but the tribe is proceeding with plans to begin gaming on the site — though at a slower pace than originally intended.
The Catawba will open a temporary pre-launch facility this summer, a prefabricated modular construction that will offer guests 500 slot machines and food trucks, as well as alcoholic beverages once the tribe secures its liquor license.
At the July 2020 groundbreaking , the Catawba announced plans to open a 1,300-machine introductory facility in summer 2021, featuring food, beverages and entertainment in addition to slots. However, as the lawsuit wore on, tribal leaders decided to delay construction until after the court reached its decision.
“As we saw the slowdown in D.C. on getting some of the questions answered, we took a step back and said, ‘OK, what can we do?’” said Catawba Chief Bill Harris during a Zoom interview last week. The 500-slot modular facility opening this summer will eventually be torn down when the 1,300-slot building comes online, likely next year, but in the meantime it will allow the Catawba to start training employees and pulling in revenue while the court process unfolds.
When fully built, the $273 million casino resort is expected to create 2,600 permanent jobs and generate $308 million per year in direct economic […]