The gaming floor was jam-packed during the official grand opening of the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, reports the Buffalo News.
At an opening ceremony in Buffalo, Kevin W. Seneca, chairman of Seneca Gaming Corporation, called the long-awaited permanent casino “a huge makeover for this portion of the city. It’s becoming a new entertainment district for Buffalo, instead of an old manufacturing area.”
The 67,000-square-foot casino offers table games along with the slot machines familiar to patrons of the temporary casino that opened in 2007. The original plan included a hotel and high-end restaurant and entertainment venues. The plan was scaled down after the recession hit; the existing facility has three small restaurants and no hotel. Native American culture also is prevalent throughout the building’s design, including a floor-to-ceiling “Tree of Peace” structure at the main entrance as well as an illuminated and animated electronic feather marquee atop the roof outdoors.
The property employs 4,000 people.
“It’s not only good for us; it’s always been good for western New York and the city of Buffalo,” said Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder, Sr. “It’s something we knew we could do. And when the Senecas say they’re going to do something, they do it.”
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino has regularly attracted more than 800,000 visitors a year—a number that is expected to increase to well past 3 million annually in years to come.