Michigan casino unveils $33-million upgrade and expansion plans
By Bob Garcia
The Island Resort & Casino is ready to break out the wallet to handle its increased popularity
Whether the coronavirus pandemic has come to stay or not, the truth is that businesses and people will learn how to live with this threat sooner or later, and entertainment companies are not being afraid to put in more money into growing. That’s the case for a casino resort in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which has just announced a $33-million expansion plan that has been designed to meet all of its customers’ demands. In Harris, MI, the Island Resort & Casino will add a waterpark, more hotel rooms and a large restaurant to respond to the high customer demand, as it frequently runs out of space and even has a waiting list for guests.
According to a report by a local TV station, the construction of this new project is expected to be completed in 2021. General manager Tony Mancilla told the local media channel that once it’s finished, Island Resort will have a total of 455 hotel rooms, a 12th-floor fine-dining restaurant that will have a view to the Escanaba golf course and a waterpark that was designed to entertain children. The resort is already working on the new additions and the casino’s new sports betting room is set to open today. “The BetAmerica Sportsbook at Island Resort & Casino Grand Opening will kick off on Friday, September 25! Get in the game with prizes, drawings and specials,” wrote the resort in a tweet.
The expansion includes the addition of 138 hotel rooms, a 200-seat restaurant and the waterpark aimed for children. This resort is one of the most popular casinos and entertainment resorts destinations in the Midwest area, and it features one of the largest golf courses in the area. This location also offers more than 1,200 slot machines and traditional table games and a 42-site RV park.