January 15, 2010
COACHELLA, CA - Spotlight 29 casino in Coachella celebrated its grand re-opening and $52 million expansion yesterday. The expansion added 150,000 square feet including $34 million to add a new 23,000-square-foot casino floor area and $18 million to build a four-level parking structure.
The casino added 36 table games, an eight-bay virtual roulette wheel and a high limit slot area. The poker room was expanded and modernized and a new lounge now serves platinum members.
The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians Tribal Chairman, Darrell Mike, said "It was a bold move because of these current economic times. But we decided to go through with the expansion. We couldn't not finish it. It was important to us to create a whole new look."
Mike said the tribe is also hoping to build a hotel in the next three years.
SPOTLIGHT 29 CASINO HISTORY
1995: Opened 100,000-square-foot casino
2001: Partnered up with Donald Trump to operate the venture as Trump 29 Casino
2006: Disengaged with Trump and restored its original name, logo and marquee
2007: Broke ground on the $34 million parking structure and $100 million hotel
2008: Prepared plans for opening a second casino on a corner of the tribe's 160-acre reservation near Joshua Tree National Park named Nüwü Casino Resort & RV Park.
2009: Completed construction on the parking structure and expanded to 250,000 square feet of gaming for up to 2,000 slots plus space for dining, entertainment, meetings, conference and offices. Hotel construction was cancelled due to the economy.
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