Local & Regional
10:22 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Cherokees to Replace Roland Casino

The Cherokee Casino at Roland, Oklahoma
Credit Cherokee Casino

ROLAND, Okla. (AP) — Cherokee Nation Businesses plans a groundbreaking next month on a hotel and casino to replace its current complex in Roland, near the Arkansas border.

The new facility will include a six-story, 125-room hotel and an 87,000-square-foot casino accommodating 850 games with a bar, stage and other entertainment options. The existing casino in Roland now has 600 electronic games and six table games.

Officials say the new complex will also include convention space, a swimming pool and a smoke shop.

CNB Chief Executive Shawn Slaton says the existing facility at Interstate 40 and State Highway 64 will be demolished once the new complex is built.

Slaton says he hopes the new casino will become a "destination stop" for travelers on Interstate 40.