Nation | Tribe: Gila River Indian Community
5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd
Chandler, Arizona 85226
Wild Horse Pass Casino opened October 30, 2009 at a construction cost of $200 million. The property is located in Chandler, Arizona at Loop 101 and Loop 202 on Wild Horse Pass Boulevard.
The Wild Horse Pass casino complex is owned by the Gila River Indian Community, which owns three other Gila River Resorts & Casinos locations including Lone Butte Casino in Chandler, Vee Quiva Casino in the West Valley, and Santan Mountain Casino opening in 2023 in the Southeast Valley.
In 2020 the Gila River Indians broke ground on a $180M expansion of their Wild Horse Pass property to add a new 11-story hotel tower, an updated casino floor and more convention space. Construction was completed in Jan. 2022. Details
In Feb 2021 the Gila River Community announced another massive expansion project to build a 3,300-acre sports and entertainment complex on nearby property south of the intersection of Loop 202 and interstate 10. Details
Wild Horse Pass Casino is surrounded by nearby attractions including the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, Koli Equestrian Center, Phoenix Premium Outlets, Whirlwind Golf Club and Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
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Open 24 hours daily
100,000 square feet gaming floor
1,000 slot machines
44 gaming tables - Blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, 3 Card Poker, Spanish 21, Ultimate Texas Hold'em Progressive
High Limit Salon - high limit betting on blackjack, roulette and midi baccarat
Poker room - Hold'em and Omaha
Fullhouse Cafe - open 6AM - 2PM daily
Ling & Louie's - Modern Asian cuisine served 11:30AM - 10PM daily.
Prime, a Shula's Steak House - Dinner Tuesday - Saturday from 5PM - 10PM
Fatburger - open 11AM - 11PM wekdays and 11AM - 2AM Friday & Saturday
Rizzo's - open 11AM - 6AM daily
Aroma Coffee & Pasticceria - coffees, pastries and sorbets served 6AM - 6PM daily
High Limit Bar - open noon - 2AM daily
Hotel Lobby Bar
AAA Four Diamond Award
447 guest rooms and suites
Sunset Tower features 242 rooms including 39 suites
Sunrise Tower features 205 guest rooms and suites (opened Jan 2022)
Largest suite measures 1,300 square feet.
Room prices range from $99 to $250 a night.
Located off the I-10 freeway on Wild Horse Pass Blvd. (exit 162)
January 17, 2022
Gila River Resort & Casino at Wild Horse Pass has opened its new Sunrise hotel tower. an 11-story tower with 205 guest rooms and suites. The new tower is connected to the original Sunset Tower bringing the total hotel rooms at Wild Horse Pass to 447 guest rooms and suites.
Prime Shula's Steak House is now a rooftop dining venue atop the hotel. Guest access to the restaurant is via a glass elevator.
The expansion added two new pools, the Oasis Pool and the Serenity Adult Pool. It also added new meeting space. There is now 18,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and 7,000 square feet of outdoor meeting space.
January 17, 2022
This weekend the Gila River casinos will celebrate their official renaming from Gila River Hotel & Casinos to Gila River Resorts & Casinos.
"We are truly excited to introduce ourselves as Gila River Resorts & Casinos. Throughout the past several years, we have been creating a destination packed with thrilling entertainment and new ways to play so that guests can come as they are and own their moment."
- Kenneth Manuel, CEO of Gila River Resorts & Casinos
The rebranding includes all the Gila River casino properties owned by the Gila River Indian Community: Lone Butte Casino in Chandler, Vee Quiva Casino in the West Valley, Wild Horse Pass Casino in Chandler, and Santan Mountain Casino opening in 2023 in the Southeast Valley.
August 14, 2021
Sports betting will launch in Arizona on September 9th. As that date approaches, Arizona professional teams and Native American tribes have signed partnerships with national sportsbook providers. In the latest announcement Monday, the Arizona Cardinals, Gila River Casinos & Resort and BetMGM have partnered to provide sports betting at State Farm Stadium and all three Gila River casinos.
State Farm Stadium becomes the first NFL stadium in the nation to announce a sportsbook, however, it is not expected to open until the 2022 season.
The partnership will provide mobile apps and retail outlets for sports betting. BetMGM is the sports-betting division for MGM Resorts International.
August 9, 2021
Wild Horse Pass in Chandler rolled out craps, roulette and baccarat for the first time Friday night. The new Vegas-style games were authorized last April in a new tribal gaming compact that also legalized sports betting.
At the same time at Wild Horse Pass Casino introduced more slot machines, a new Asian buffet and the High Limit Salon with blackjack, roulette and midi baccarat.
Other Arizona casino will also be introducing the new Vegas table games. Gila River's Lone Butte and Vee Quiva locations are expect to open tables later this month along with more slot machines and options for higher betting limits. Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino has already added live craps and baccarat.
February 22, 2021
The Gila River Indian Community and Sunbelt Holdings, a Scottsdale development company, will build a 3,300-acre sports and entertainment complex at Wild Horse Pass. The location will be just south of the Loop 202 and I-10 intersection.
The project includes the new stadium now under construction or the Phoenix Rising plus more hotels, new restaurants, more sports facilities, an event center, an outdoor amphitheater, recreational parks, retail shops and an office park.
The 3,300-acre complex will be a multi-year construction project and will be completed in phases.
The project is in proximity of many existing attractions including the Gila River Hotels & Casinos at Wild Horse Pass, Whirlwind Golf Club, Rawhide Western Town, Phoenix Premium Outlets, KOLI Equestrian Center, Bondurant High Performance Driving School, and others.
December 17, 2020
Phoenix Rising FC is building a new stadium and training complex at Wild Horse Pass on the Gila River Indian Reservation. The location is on the southside of Gila River Hotels and Casinos Wild Horse Pass near the junction of the I-10 and Loop 202 freeways.
Construction is scheduled for completion prior to the start of the 2021 USL Championship season in May.
Gila River Indian Community Governor, Stephen Lewis, said in a statement:
"The Gila River Indian Community has a history of successful partnerships with many professional and collegiate sports teams in the Valley. We are very much looking forward to having Phoenix Rising be the first to play its games within our community"
The new stadium will provide fans with more seating, a larger video board, VIP parking and a permanent ticket office.
October 29, 2020
This is the latest video of the construction project to expand Gila River's Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino. A new hotel with 205 guest rooms is under construction as well as a makeover and upgrade to the casino.
The expansion project will be completed in the Fall of 2021. The construction cost is $180 milliion.
August 28, 2020
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler is undergoing a major expansion this year that will add a second hotel tower, more conference space and a new look inside the casino. The $180M construction project will be completed by Fall 2021.
The new hotel tower will add 205 more guestrooms, including 37 suites, and increase room capacity to 447. A rooftop restaurant will provide a dining venue with views of the Estrella Mountains, and a bar and lounge is planned for the second floor. Two new pools include an adult pool for guests over 21, and the Oasis pool with hot tubs, cabanas and a bar and grill.
The casino is getting a major update with new colors, new carpeting, new lighting and an 80-foot by 12-foot LED screen.
Convention space will expand by 18,000-square-feet indoors and 4,000-square-feet outdoors.
This is the first expansion project at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino since it opened in 2009.
September 9, 2019
Arizona Cardinals have named Gila River Hotels & Casinos - Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva - as their "Official Hotel and Casino" partner.
To celebrate the partnership, Gila River Casinos and the Cardinals have announced a series of special promotions and experiences for fans.
Cardinals-themed Hotel Rooms
One hotel room at both Wild Horse Pass and Vee Quiva will be custom designed with Cardinals wall coverings and memorabilia.
Football Truck Giveaway
The first 250 casino guests during Monday Night Football will have a chance to win one of three Ford F-150 trucks. Winners will be announced during the last Monday night game in December.
$100,000 Pick the Pros
100 weekly prizes, including a $1,000 Free Bonus Play, will be awarded every week to fans that pick the winner of that week's Cardinal game.
In addition every Cardinals game will be broadcast live throughout all three casinos.
August 22, 2018
An announcement was made on Tuesday that a new partnership has been made between the Sun Devil Athletics and Gila River Hotels & Casinos. The Gila River Indian Community own three hotel casinos in Arizona. Those are Vee Quiva, Wild Horse Pass, and Lone Butte. The partnership will last for five years.
Support will be given to both male and female sports in the Sun Devil Athletic programs. This is a first for the school for all the programs to be included. Current and future athletes will have the opportunity to earn scholarships and educational help.
The Gila River Hotels & Casinos will be able to connect with the Arizona State University's 26 varsity sport teams. As well, as the fans of the teams. Each game will have promotions such as giveaways. The hotel casino brand will be used in advertising. There will also be announcements made during events.
Under the partnership, the new Southwest Plaza Entrance will have naming rights given to the Gila River Hotels & Casinos.
Clinics will be held for the young tribal members in order to encourage them to attend college. The clinics will be hosted by the athletes and coaches in the Sun Devil Athletic programs.
Gila River Gaming Enterprises, Inc. and operates the three casinos in the state owned by the Gila River Indian Community. The casinos are open 24 hours daily and offer slots, game tables, poker, and bingo.
Arizona State University has over 650 athletes participating in the Sun Devil Athletics program.
October 09, 2017
The $3 million hotel renovation project at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino is making progress. In July the construction started. It is estimated to be finished by the middle of December.
The room designs will be in a contemporary style. New furniture, decor, and mattresses will be placed in all 242 guest rooms. The carpets and draperies are also being changed. Wall coverings with a vibrant floral design will also be added.
It is recognized as a AAA Four Diamond Property.
Platform beds with new mattresses, floating nightstands, and sconces that are built in will also be added. There will also be mini fridges, 40 inch TVs, and USB ports.
The Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino is one of the largest casinos in the state. In 1995 the casino first opened. In 2009 the hotel opened.
The Gila River Indian Community own the casino hotel.
September 29, 2009
$200 million Gila River Wild Horse Pass Hotel Casino opens Oct 30
PHOENIX - The $200 million Gila River Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino at Interstate 10 and Wild Horse Pass Boulevard will open to the public October 30th. Construction began almost two years ago, and when completed, the new 10-story facility will replace the existing Wild Horse Pass Casino located less than a mile away.
"We want this to be more than a gaming destination; we want it to be where people come for entertainment, food and more," said Harold Baugus, CEO of Gila River gaming enterprises. "When we decided to replace the old location, we had a vision of a venue that would bring the flavor of Vegas to the Valley".
The casino has nearly 100,000 square feet of space on the first level of the structure and will feature 2,600 slot machines. There will also be more than 71 gaming tables and a specially designed poker room. "We are really proud of the poker room. It definitely has a high-class feel to it," Baugus said.
The casino will introduce a nightclub and an indoor amphitheater.
The nightclub will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 pm to 2 am. "This is going to be one of the best clubs in town," Baugus said. The circular club will include a full bar, live DJ, dance floor and room for up to 500 patrons.
The amphitheater will seat 1,400. "To understand the quality of this venue, one must realize we spent more than a million dollars on the sound system alone," Baugus said. The first two scheduled performers Jay Leno and Leann Rimes. Future events will include boxing, mixed-martial arts, comedians and other big-name entertainment.
There will be eight eateries, including NFL Hall of Famer Don Shula's American Steak House and the upscale Ling & Louie's Asian Bar & Grill. Other options include Cafe 247, Fatburger, Starbucks, Boar's Head Deli, Tamales and Famiglia Pizzeria.
Don Shula's American Steak House lets diners select their cut of steak from a cart brought right to the table. The largest of those cuts is a 48-ounce porterhouse hunger destroyer. "When someone orders the 48-ounce steak and they're able to eat it all, they are automatically made a member of the Shula Club," Baugus said. "This is only the second Shula's west of the Mississippi. It rivals any of the higher quality steakhouses in the state."
Ling & Louie's will be a blend of American and Asian foods. "This location will be the first Ling and Louie's in a casino, and their flagship location in Arizona," Baugus said.
The 247 Cafe is a Denny's-style restaurant that will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The hotel features 242 rooms including 39 suites. The largest suite measures 1,300 square feet. Room prices range from $99 to $250 a night.
June 14, 2009
The Gila River Indian Community plan to open their new Wild Horse Pass Casino Resort in November to coincide with the first anniversary of their newly-opened Lone Butte Casino at nearby Kyrene and 202 freeway.
The Wild Horse Pass Casino Resort will feature 100,000 square feet of gaming, 6 new dining venues including Don Shula's American Steakhouse, and a 10-story, 241-room luxury hotel. The casino will include 1,002 slot machines, 44 black jack tables, and 25 poker tables. The hotel features a 1,500-seat entertainment venue, conference facilities, pool, health club, retail shops, lounge, and covered parking. In addition to the steakhouse, the restaurants include Ling & Louie's Asian Grill, Tamales Southwest cuisine, Fatburger, Famous Famiglia, and Cafe 247.
The new Wild Horse Pass Casino Resort is located just off the I-10 freeway near Chandler and will replace the current casino of the same name that was built in 1997.
April 1, 2009
PHOENIX - More than 500 construction workers are working double-shifts to guarantee the new Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino is finished and ready to open November 1st.
The casino will be 240,000 square feet with 1,000-plus slot machines and 71 table games. The hotel will be 10-stories with 242 guest rooms and 10th-floor suites. There will be a ballroom which can divide into three separate conference rooms, four restaurants, Boar's Head Deli, Tamales, Dreyer's Ice Cream and Ling and Louie's.
This will be the second new casino opened by the Gila River Community with a year. Last November the tribe opened its Lone Butte Casino.
October 31, 2008
PHOENIX - Construction crews at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino placed the last beam on top of the hotel's 10th floor this week marking a milestone for this building project on Interstate 10 south of Ahwatukee.
Tribal member Tim Terry gave a blessing followed by the hoisting of the American flag to the 10th floor by members of the Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post 84 out of Sacaton. They also hoisted the Gila River Indian Community tribal flag.
Topping off a new building is a tradition in the construction industry. It is traced to the ancient Scandinavian practice of placing a tree on top of a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits of their ancestors that had been displaced.
The Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino is scheduled to open at the end of next year and expected to bring 750 new jobs to the area. Gila River Indian Community officials say the jobs will add more than $15 million in payroll into the area and another $5 million when tips are counted.
There will be two featured restaurants: Shula's Steakhouse, owned by legendary pro football coach Don Shula, and Scottsdale's Ling and Louie's Asian Grill. There will also be a Las Vegas-style nightclub and a 1,400-seat showroom.
November 19, 2007
The Gila River Indian Community had a formal groundbreaking ceremony for their new $200 Wild Horse Pass Casino & Hotel to be located at the northwest corner of Wild Horse Pass Boulevard and Interstate 10.
Construction will begin in December with a grand opening planned for May 2009. The existing Wild Horse Pass Casino is a mile to the southwest and will be closed when the new casino is opened.
The new Wild Horse Pass Casino & Resort will feature:
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