The lavishness of the Tulsa Osage Casino’s new $160 million casino and hotel expansion was on full display Wednesday.
Several hundred people turned out for the opening of the Osage Casino Hotel, a site four minutes north of downtown that will eventually employ at least 400 people and feature an entertainment venue, gaming floor, 141-room hotel, sports bar, cafe, pool and Nine Band Brewing Co., a full-service brewery.
The largest Osage Casinos footprint, the entire complex at 951 W. 36th St. North encompasses 247,000 square feet.
It also puts the Osage on comparable entertainment and gaming footing with the Cherokee Nation and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
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Revenues from the tribe's casinos provide the Osage Nation with funding for healthcare, education and cultural programs.
The tribe last year pumped $160 million into the casino-hotel's first phase. The new construction will offer 145 more guest rooms.