Ft. McDowell Casino to be replaced by larger, more expensive venue
A new casino is coming to Fountain Hills, AZ. The project, which will be built by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation tribe, will take the place of the existing Fort McDowell Casino, offering an updated design and larger casino space. While construction is underway, the existing casino will still be open to the public.
The new casino will offer a total of 166,341 square feet, 16,000 more than the existing casino. It will include a garden court, high-end dining, a sports bar and an entertainment stage. According to the tribe's council president, Bernadine Burnette, "This exciting project will set a new standard for quality entertainment in the Northeast Valley while providing economic security to our tribal government."
Burnette further stated, “We break ground on Friday, June 29…on a new casino and open a new chapter in the modern history of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. Our tribe has overcome many challenges just to be here today. Our path has been difficult, but the obstacles we’ve endured have only made us stronger."
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, which was previously known as the Fort McDowell Mohave-Apache Community of the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, is a federally recognized Indian tribe in Maricopa County, AZ. The tribe's reservation was officially created in 1903 following an executive order, and covers 34,680 acres, part of which was used as the Fort McDowell Military Reserve during the Apache Wars.