From left: Beth Amoroso, Harrah’s director of human resources, Angie Groeneveld, Harrah’s director of hospitality operations, Gabriel Lopez, Ak-Chin Indian Community Tribal Council, Ann Antone, Ak-Chin Indian Community Tribal Council, Chairman Robert Miguel, Ak-Chin Indian Community Tribal Council, Vice-Chairman Delia Carlyle, Ak-Chin Indian Community Tribal Council, Robert Livingston, Harrah’s general manager, Bambi Johnson, Harrah’s director of finance and administration, Michael Kintner, Harrah’s director of marketing and operations and April Stovall, Harrah’s surveillance and facilities manager. Submitted photo

With shovels in hand, Chairman Robert Miguel, along with members of the Ak-Chin Indian Community Tribal Council and executive leadership from Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino,  turned the dirt to commemorate the groundbreaking of the multi-million-dollar expansion at the hotel and casino.

The expansion will include a spa, a conference center with multi-use ballroom space, a parking garage, additional restaurants and more than 200 additional rooms. The hotel currently has 200 rooms. The expansion is estimated at $100 million.

“The Ak-Chin Indian Community is excited about this expansion that will provide our guests and visitors with the high-quality hospitality and entertainment that they have come to expect here at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino,” Miguel said.

According to Robert Livingston, general manager of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, this expansion will not only increase room availability and accommodate additional hotel guests, but will also afford the property the opportunity to host large-scale entertainment, conventions and other meetings.

“As one of a few full-service hotels and casinos in the area, this expansion will offer more options to visitors and guests throughout Pinal and Maricopa counties” Livingston said.

The general contractor for the project is Sundt|Yates; Thalden Boyd Emery (TBE) is the architect.

Chandra Reilly, Sundt project director commenting on behalf of the Sundt|Yates Joint Venture, said, “It is an groundbreaking-shovels-Harrah'shonor to be part of the Ak-Chin Indian Community’s economic evolution and continued partnership with Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino. This project has demanded the best ideas out of everyone involved, and we look forward to bringing those ideas to life over the next two years.”

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  1. This is awesome. We so need more room availability in Maricopa since nobody has been able to figure out how to actually build a Holiday Inn Express here 🙂

    Ak-Chin and Harrahs step up again. Thank You!!!

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