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Pala Casino Breaks Ground on $170M Expansion Project

Gaming Floor Will Be Expanded By 12,000 Square Feet

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Pala Casino Spa & Resort in California held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday to showcase its $170 million expansion and renovation project.

Pala Band of Mission Indians Chairman Robert Smith provided the keynote address at the groundbreaking ceremony. “Our ability to exponentially expand and refresh [the casino] is a true testament to, not only the growth of Pala, but also to the thriving economy and the continued strength of the gaming industry in California. This is a significant milestone.”

The project will include the addition of a new 348-room hotel tower. The resort’s existing hotel tower also will be completely remodeled. When complete, Pala, which is located about 50 miles north of San Diego, will boast 853 rooms including 104 unique suites and 749 deluxe rooms. The hotel parking structure will also be expanded by adding 420 spaces.

The conversion of the existing resort pool into a multi-pool and entertainment resort complex will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy four pools, two whirlpools, a new poolside bar, a new poolside restaurant and various outdoor lounge spaces.

Gaming floor

Pala’s gaming area also will be expanded by 12,000 square feet. Within that space, several new table games and a new casino bar and lounge will be introduced. The expansion will allow Pala to increase its offering of machines to 2,500 and its offering of table games to 88.

The interior of the entire 100,000-square-foot casino will also be remodeled.

Pala’s food promenade will be converted into a restaurant complex offering a wide variety of food options in a variety of settings.

During the ceremony, Bill Bembenek, Pala’s CEP, California State Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, Randy Voepel and Marie Waldron also provided remarks.

“I am proud to have played even a bit part in this important event for the Pala Band of Mission Indians, the State of California, and the local economy by authoring Assembly Bill 629 to ratify the tribal gaming compact that made today’s groundbreaking a reality,” Gonzalez-Fletcher said.

“This legislation was overwhelmingly supported by representatives from around California because of Pala’s commitment to the economic self-sufficiency of its people and to the surrounding community."

The project will create 400 construction jobs and add more than 200 positions to Pala’s current team of 2,000 employees.

“Pala has been a great neighbor to the surrounding communities in our district,” Waldron said. “The casino and resort employs thousands of our residents and has had a tremendous impact on the economic prosperity of the Tribe’s members. Under the leadership of Chairman Smith, Pala has been a vast economic driver in my district and the surrounding areas.”

Construction of the AAA Four Diamond award winning property will be completed in phases. The first phase will be completed in spring of 2018 and the final phase in late 2019.