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NEW TUCSON DOWNTOWN CASINO

1055 W. Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85705

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is building a new casino in downtown Tucson at West Grant Road near Interstate 10. The 65,000 square-foot facility will feature Class-III slot machines, table games, a high-limit room, a sportsbook, restaurant, food court, and 1,050-space parking garage.

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New Tucson CasinoCasino will be built on the former site of Century Park 16 Movie Theater

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The new Tucson casino will be located east of Interstate 10 along West Grant Road on the former site of the Century Park 16 movie theater. The theater was demolished and the site was cleared for construction in March 2023.

The Tucson casino has federal, state and local approvals to offer Class III slot machines and table games.

The land is near the Tribe's historical home of Old Pascua ("Pascua Village"). In 2021 Congress passed The Old Pascua Community Land Acquisition Act (H.R. 4881), which allowed the land and community of Old Pascua to be taken in to federal trust. The transfer grants tribal sovereignty to the land.

Also in 2021, Governor Doug Ducey amended the state's gaming compact with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. The new agreement allows development of the new Tucson casino on the Old Pascua land.

The new casino is the third casino owned by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. The tribe owns two other casinos in the Tucson area, the Casino del Sol at 5655 West Valencia Road and the Casino of the Sun at 7406 S. Camino del Oeste.

See the NEWS section below for updates.

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News

News New Tucson Casino Plan is Officially Underway January 22, 2024 - The Pascua Yaqui Tribe's plan to build a new Tucson casino near Old Pascua is now officially underway. A 31-acre building site has been transferred into federal trust for the tribe by the ... Read more News Tucson's downtown casino project clears building site February 25, 2023 - The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is preparing the building site for a new casino near Grant and Interstate 10. Last Monday a demolition crew began clearing the former Century Park Movie Theater from the site. ... Read more News New Pascua Yaqui casino is planned near downtown Tucson January 14, 2023 - The Pascua Yaqui Tribe has received federal approval for a 30-acre casino site located east of Interstate 10 on West Grant Road. The land is the former site of a Century Park 16 movie ... Read more News New Tucson Casino location gets federal approval December 28, 2022 - There is new speculation about the location for a third Pascua Yaquis casino following land approval by Congress. The potential site is the old Century Park 16 movie theater on Grant near I-10 ... Read more News New Tucson casino is included in upgraded state-tribe gaming compact April 15, 2021 - The new gaming compact that added sports betting as well as craps, roulette and baccarat to Arizona casinos also allows the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to build a third casino in Tucson. ... Read more More Headlines ...

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Features of New Tucson Casino

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Slot machines - details pending

Table games - details pending

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News Articles

New Tucson Casino Plan is Officially Underway

January 22, 2024

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe's plan to build a new Tucson casino near Old Pascua is now officially underway. A 31-acre building site on West Grant Road east of Interstate 10 has been transferred into federal trust for the tribe by the Department of Interior. The site is now sovereign tribal land ready for development and operation of the new Tucson casino

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Pascua Yaqui Tribe aims to open new casino in Tucson - Courtesy of News 4 Tucson KVOA-TV, Jan 22, 2024. Available from YouTube

The land is the former site of the Century Park 16 Theaters, which were demolished and cleared last March.

"We have been planning for the possibility of this project for some time, and it's just incredible that now it can become a reality."

- Peter Yucupicio, Tribal Chairman

"We are not just excited about the project, but also about what it means for this part of town. It will be the first step towards rejuvenating and beautifying this important area of Tucson."

- Kimberly Van Amburg, CEO of Casino Del Sol

The casino information released so far is only general. There will be gaming machines, table games, sports betting, and food and beverage venues. Further casino details are pending, and no timeline for construction has been announced.

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Tucson's downtown casino project clears building site

February 25, 2023

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is preparing the building site for a new casino near Grant and Interstate 10. Last Monday a demolition crew began clearing the former Century Park Movie Theater from the site.

New Tucson Casino Clears Site

The Chairman of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe told the media:

"Today is a super, super blessed day that we get to do this and turn a new chapter. The theater will become, not as big as our other casino, but a casino with a hotel and a conference room and then from there the revenue will be shared throughout the community to beautify a lot of things, improve homes, send members to universities and better health."

- Peter Yucupicio, Pascua Yaqui Chairman

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Former movie theater demolished to make place for Tucson casino
Courtesy of Arizona Daily Star, Feb 20 2023. Available from YouTube

There has been little information released with details of the new Tucson casino. A groundbreaking is expected later this year followed by 2-3 years of construction. When finished, the casino will employ 800-900 workers, and pay a 12% share of casino revenues to City of Tucson.

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New Pascua Yaqui casino is planned near downtown Tucson

January 14, 2023

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe has received federal approval for a 30-acre casino site located east of Interstate 10 on West Grant Road. The land is the former site of a Century Park 16 movie theater.

The CEO of Casino Del Sol, Kim Van Amburg, expects the new casino will have its groundbreaking in 12-18 months and its grand opening in 2-3 years. A hotel may be built later. The casino is expected to create 500-600 new jobs.

No further details have been released.

The new Tucson casino will be the third owned by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. The tribe also owns the Casino Del Sol and Casino of the Sun, which are both further away from downtown Tucson than the new casino site.

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New Tucson Casino location gets federal approval

December 28, 2022

There is new speculation about the location for a third Pascua Yaquis casino following land approval by Congress. The potential site is the old Century Park 16 movie theater on Grant near Interstate 10, which was shut down more than a decade ago. A casino at that location would be the closest regional casino to downtown Tucson. The tribe has made no announcement regarding the location.

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New casino could be heading to Tucson after congressional approval
Courtesy of News 4 Tucson KVOA-TV, Dec 22 2022. Available from YouTube

The Pascua Yaquis has owned the theater land for years. Now a new bill by Congress authorizes the site to be transferred into federal trust as tribal land for a casino.

The state-tribe gaming compact of 2021 also grants authorization to the Pascua Yaqui to build another casino in the Tucson area. The tribe currently operates two other casinos in Tucson: Casino Del Sol at 5655 West Valencia Road and Casino of the Sun at 7406 S. Camino del Oeste.

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New Tucson casino is included in upgraded state-tribe gaming compact

April 15, 2021

The new gaming compact that added new games such as craps, roulette and baccarat to Arizona Indian gaming casinos also allows the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to build a third casino in Tucson. The development of the casino is now feasible but not guaranteed nor imminent.

The new compact specifies a new casino may be built by the Pascua Yaqui at Interstate 10 and Grant Road. The process will take several years before the project has all the required approvals from the local, state and federal governents.

The building site for the new Tucson casino must be taken into trust by the U.S. Department of Interior for the purpose of gambling under the Indian gaming Regulatory Act. The approval process requires an environmental impact report and community comments before a federal decision is made. That process is the longest and will take several years.

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Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Tucson take early step toward new casino

September 12, 2019

During its September 4 meeting the Tucson City Council voted 7-0 in favor of an intergovernmental agreement with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe which supports the transferring a 15-acre site owned by the tribe into federal trust. This is an early and important step in the long process for federal approval for the tribe to build a new casino within the city limits of Tucson.

The agreement between the City and the Tribe provides an operational structure if the federal government approves the land transfer by defining the roles and responsibilities of each party and establishing an oversight group to resolve issues that may develop.

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Pascua Yaqui Tribe Wants Third Tucson Casino

July 6, 2019

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe are working with city officials to build a new casino at the site of an old movie theater. The tribe owns and operates two Tucson casinos: the Casino del Sol and Casino of the Sun.

Tribe chair: Casino 'one potential option' for I-10 and Grant facility

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Tribe chair: Casino 'one potential option' for I-10 and Grant facility - Courtesy of KGUN9, Jul 9, 2019. Available from YouTube

Grant Pascua Yaqui Tribe Land Trust

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Grant Pascua Yaqui Tribe Land Trust - Courtesy of News 4 Tucson KVOA-TV, Jul 8, 2019. Available from YouTube

The casino would be built on a 14.38-acre parcel of land owned by the tribe. The location is near West Grant Road and Interstate 10. It was the site of the Century Park 16 movie theater, and before that, it was a drive-in theater. The Pascua Yaqui bought the property in 2011.

Map is courtesy of Arizona Daily Star

If the casino plan is approved by the federal, state and local governments, it would be the fifth Indian casino in the Tucson area and the third owned by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.

UPDATE July 9, 2019

The Tucson City Council has approved an agreement with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to build a new casino on tribal land West Grant Road and Interstate 10. The agreement is subject to federal approval.

In general terms, the tribe agreed pay a percentage of casino revenues as taxes to the city based, and the city agreed to provide basic civic services like police, fire, emergency and traffic control services.

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News Headlines Continued

2019

News Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Tucson take early step toward new casino September 12, 2019 - A future casino in Tucson took an important step forward when the City of Tucson voted 7-0 to support the Pascua Yaqui Tribe's efforts to move a 15-acre, possible casino site into federal ... Read more News Pascua Yaqui Tribe Wants Third Tucson Casino July 6, 2019 - Pascua Yaqui leaders are negotiating with Tucson City officials to build a new casino on tribal land West Grant Road and Interstate 10. The agreement would be subject to federal approval of ... Read more

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