AUBURN, WA – To a resounding cheer, the final steel beam for Muckleshoot Casino’s highly anticipated resort tower was hoisted into place in Auburn, WA.
The 1,000-pound, 25-foot-long beam, adorned with the signatures of Muckleshoot Indian tribal members, as well as the construction team who built the 18-story structure, glided into place accompanied with a splash of fireworks. Hundreds of onlookers, from tribal leadership and casino executives to community partners and construction workers, witnessed the milestone, which included a blessing and cultural dance of celebration.
With the welding of the final beam into place, Muckleshoot Casino’s resort tower is reshaping the economic and visual landscape of the South Sound before its anticipated debut in the fall of 2023. Built by almost 500 local workers, the project now stands as the tallest structure between Seattle and Tacoma with 2,526 tons of structural steel, 3,600 tons of rebar, and 23,021 yards of concrete.
“Under the stewardship of the Muckleshoot Tribe, we are creating a resort destination where memories will be made,” said John James, Muckleshoot Casino Chief Executive Officer. “Our commanding hotel tower, already drawing regional attention with its proud silhouette against the skyline, will be a beacon for the exceptional. From the excitement of more ways to play to the warmth of elevated guest service, we will be the preferred central gathering point to dine, play and stay.”
The glass tower – which will boast approximately 400 guest rooms, expanded gaming, an indoor pool, spa services, and a rooftop steakhouse among its amenities – will be the pinnacle of an exciting multi-phase evolution for Muckleshoot Casino. Earlier phases added a 20,000 sq. ft. technologically advanced events center, a trio of fast-casual dining destinations, center bar, increased smoke-free gaming, and most recently, Caesars Sportsbook at Muckleshoot.
“Piece by piece, we are building towards an exciting new standard for regional tourism,” said Tyrone Simmons, Muckleshoot Casino Chief Operating Officer. “The addition of a dynamic resort experience to Muckleshoot Casino exemplifies the Muckleshoot Tribe’s commitment and dedication to developing unmatched destinations.”
Once complete in the fall of 2023, Muckleshoot Casino Resort will feature 157,000 sq. ft. of continuous gaming, 29,000 total sq. ft. of event space and almost a dozen dining choices.