Nation | Tribe: Nottawaseppi Band of Huron Potawatomi
11177 East Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49014
FireKeepers Casino Hotel is owned by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi. It opened August 5, 2009 at a cost of $300 million.
Since its opening Firekeepers Casino added a 242-room hotel, event center and a fuel & convenience store. A second hotel tower will open by the end of 2020.
The casino is located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104, a few minutes east of Battle Creek, MI. Firekeepers is also 29 miles east of Kalamazoo, 45 miles south of Lansing and70 miles west of Ann Arbor
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Open 24 hours daily
$300 million construction cost
2,680 Slot Machines
78 Game Tables
High-limits area with a VIP lounge
Poker Room - 20 tables
Bingo Room - 200 seats
Nibi - classic steakhouse - 70 seats
Smoke 'n Fire - BBQ
Cafe 24/7 - 150 seats, open 24 hours
Gapi Coffee & Sweets
The Cake Shop
Tower I: 8-story hotel, 242 guest rooms
Tower II: opening end of 2020
July 9, 2020
Firekeepers Casino Hotel reached the "Topping-Off Point" last week when the last steel beam was placed atop the construction site of a second hotel tower. The milestone was celebrated with a traditional tribal ceremony by the Nottawaseppi Band of Huron Potawatomi.
Construction began in June 2019 and targeted for completion by the end of this year.
The new hotel tower will be eight-stories tall with 203 guest rooms and 14 suites. It will feature the Nibi restaurant, a new VIP lounge and a new high limit gaming area.
Firekeepers' existing hotel has been a AAA Four Diamond award winner for each of the past five years.
June 28, 2020
The grand opening for the new sportsbook at Firekeepers Casino was celebrated with a ribbon cutting at 10:30AM Monday June 22. Firekeepers is the first tribal casino to open a sportsbook in Michigan. The casino is owned by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.
Casino guests can place bets in-person or at a kiosk. There are currently four kiosks with ten more to be added by Labor Day.
"We are going to start with things like NASCAR, golf, MMA, and boxing, until the NBA and MLB return," said Jim Wise, VP of marketing.
The sportbook is located in the former Dacey's Taphouse, now Dacey's Sportbook. Dacey is a local businessman who was honored by the tribe for helping startup the casino ten years ago. He placed the first bet.
May 28, 2020
Firekeepers Casino will reopen its casino and hotel at 11am Monday June 1 with new health and safety protocols to protect against COVID-19. All guest and workder must wear face masks and pass a temperature check when entering.
To maintain social distancing only half of the slot machines will be operable and seating will be limited at table games. Poker and bingo will be temporarily closed.
Courtesy of WOOD TV8
August 22, 2019
FireKeepers Casino is celebrating its 10-year anniversary throughout the month of August. The $300 million casino with its 111,700-square-foot gaming floor opened on Aug. 5, 2009.
Since its opening FireKeepers Casino added an eight-story, 4-diamond hotel with 242 guest rooms and five restaurants, an event center, and a gas station with a convenience store. A second hotel tower with 240 more rooms is under construction and will open by December next year.
In 2014 the Firekeepers Casino Hotel became a sponsor of the Symetra Tour golf tournament at the Battle Creek Country Club, and in 2016 it became sponsor of the FireKeepers 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.
FireKeepers Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.
June 3, 2019
As Firekeeper's Casino approaches its tenth anniversary the casino is preparing to break ground on a second hotel, nearly doubling its guest rooms to 446.
This video features Kathy George, who has served as the Firekeeper's Casino CEO for the past two years.
Courtesy of Kathy George-WBCK YouTube
July 23, 2018
An additional tower for the hotel is being planned at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek.
The need for more hotel rooms is based on the occupancy rate. Over the last few years the hotel has been consistent at just under 100 percent full.
The hotel opened in late 2012. It currently offers 243 guest rooms.
FireKeepers is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi. The tribe decided it was time to add more guest rooms to meet the demand. As of now the limited amount of guest rooms cannot accommodate the requests for groups.
An additional hotel tower will allow for the creation of space for events and meetings. This amenity will help attract more guests to the area and boost tourism.
When the original hotel tower was opened, adding another tower in the future was already a conversation. However, the official planning did not happen until earlier this year.
Many of the official design details and amenities have not been publicly released. The cost of the project has not been announced. Nor has information for how many new jobs will be created.
As of now the new hotel tower will consist of 200 guest rooms. Bringing the total amount of rooms on the property to 443. Another dining venue could be added. Also, spaces to accommodate larger meetings and events.
The date for the ground breaking has not been released as of yet.
Construction contractors and design architects are being chosen for the hotel project.
May 12, 2009
BATTLE CREEK - The $300 million Firekeepers Casino off Interstate 94 is scheduled to open this summer. It will employ about 1,500 people. Currently, 300 candidates are attending their first week of a 12 week dealer school. These 300 students were chosen from 2,000 applicants.
The training is being held in a warehouse/office building and teaches comprehensive courses on how to run roulette, craps and blackjack games. Casino dealers typically earn between $30,000 and $50,000 a year with the chance for advancement.
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