Tribal Organization: Poarch Creek Indian
77 Wind Creek Blvd
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Wind Creek Bethlehem officially opened October 10, 2019. It is the former Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.
Wind Creek Bethlehem is located 82 miles from New York and 50 miles from Philadelphia. It opened as the Sands Bethlehem in May 2009 at a cost of $743 million and was built on the site the former Bethlehem Steel plant. Since its opening the Bethlehem casino has been the most successful in Pennsylvania.
On March 8, 2018 a deal was announced to sell the Bethlehem casino to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama. The purchase was completed in early 2019 and official opened as Wind Creek Bethlehem on Oct. 10, 2019. The property is managed by Wind Creek Hospitality, the gaming and hotel operation of the Poarch Creek Indians.
In 2020 Wind Creek Bethlehem will begin construction on two new projects. The first will be a $90M hotel with 276 guest rooms and 42,000 square feet of additional meeting space. The second will be a 300,000-square-foot adventure and water park built at the historic No. 2 Machine Shop. See news article
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December 9, 2019
Wind Creek has submitted building plans to the City of Bethlehem for a second hotel located next to the existing hotel. The new 12-story, 270-room hotel will cost $90 million and include a spa, bar, ballroom and meeting space.
The new hotel will include 362,000 total square feet with 270 guest rooms on the upper floors and 35,200 square feet of new meeting space. It also includes a 6,400-square-foot pool, an outdoor patio and an 11,600-square-foot spa. The hotel will wrap around the Wind Creek Event Center.
Construction is expected to start this spring and take 14 months to complete.
The existing hotel has 282 rooms and a 95% occupancy rate. Wind Creek is also planning a third hotel with 400 rooms at the No. 2 Machine Shop where they are building an indoor water and adventure park.
October 20, 2019
(Courtesy Wind Creek Hospitality)
Wind Creek Bethlehem celebrated its grand opening last week after purchasing and rebranding of the former Sands Casino Resort at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Wind Creek also confirmed it will start construction in early 2020 to expand their new property.
The first phase will be a $90 million hotel with 276 rooms and 42,000 square feet of additional convention space. The ground breaking is expected in early 2020 and construction will take 14 months to complete.
The second phase is a $250 million adventure and water park project at the historic No. 2 Machine Shop. This will be a 300,000-square-foot attraction. Wind Creek is seeking a partner for this project but is committed to proceed alone if the "right" partner is not found.
These projects are estimated to attract an addition 1.4 million visitors per year.
October 14, 2019
The Poarch Creek Indian Tribe celebrated the grand opening of their new Wind Creek Bethlehem on Oct 10. The casino is the former Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and was purchased by the tribe for $1.3 billion five months ago. Since then the casino and hotel have been rebranded, renovated, expanded and reopened under the management of Wind Creek Hospitality, a Poarch Creek Indian corporation also known as PCI Gaming Athority.
The grand opening celebration included tribal dancing and a visit by tribal princesses prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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May 27, 2019
The $1.3 billion sale of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to Alabama's Poarch Band of Creek Indians can now proceed with this week's approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
The Board also approve licenses for the tribe and its gaming executives. The casino will be managed by Wind Creek Hospitality, the gaming and hospitality operation for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
Wind Creek President and CEO Jay Dorris said: "Our expectation for this property is it will be the No. 1 resort destination in the Northeast."
Two major projects are planned to achieve this:
$90M HOTEL EXPANSION
Wind Creek will build a 276-room hotel and add 42,000 square feet of meeting space. This will add to the property's current 282-room hotel and 27,000 square feet of meeting space. Construction is expected to last 2 years.
$250M ADVENTURE AND WATER PARK
This project will transform the No. 2 Machine Shop of the old Bethlehem Steel factory into a 300,000 square foot water park and 400-room hotel.
These property enhancements are estimated to add 1.4 million visitors to the current 9 million visitors per year.
March 18, 2019
As the sale of Sands Bethlehem to Alabama's Poarch Band of Creek Indians is in the final stage of approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the new name of the casino was unveiled this week when the sign on the ore crane was changed to Wind Creek Casino and Resort.
Approval to change the sign was approved by the Bethlehem Planning Commission last week following a presentation by Wind Creek Hospitality. Wind Creek Hospitality is the gaming and hotel operation of the Alabama tribe.
The board approved changing all signs to the new name. The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem will be renamed The Outlets after the sale is finalized.
When the sale is finalized, Wind Creek Hospitality plans to break ground on a second hotel as part of a $190 million expansion of the property. They are also considering building an indoor water park.
March 08, 2018
On Thursday an announcement was made that the Sands Bethlehem Bethlehem is being bought by Wind Creek Hospitality. The company is owned by the Alabama based Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
$1.3 billion is being spent to purchase the property.
The tribe is made up of 3,000 members. They currently have casino locations in the northwestern section of Florida. Another location is in the southern area of Alabama. The casinos are considered smaller in size. They do operate with a Class II gaming license. This means they can operate pull tab based games, as well as bingo. Gaming regulators in Alabama will not allow for the operation of slot machines. Wind Creek has expressed interested in being able to operate slot machines.
The Sands Bethlehem will be nearly three times larger than the other facilities. Plus the tribe will be allowed to offer slot machine gaming.
A deal was made in 2016 to purchase the Margaritaville Resort Casino located in Louisiana. However, agreements on licensing of the name cause the deal to fall through.
The tribe also purchased 35 acres of land in Mississippi in 2016. Plans were announced last year for a new Wind Creek Casino location.
When the tribe bought the Sands Bethlehem questions were raised about possible other casino purchases in the future.
The gaming industry is not the only business that the tribe has invested in. OWA is an entertainment amusement park that was opened last year. It cost $260 million and is located in Foley, Alabama.
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