TUCSON, AZ – The Pascua Yaqui Tribe has officially completed the federal trust land acquisition process for 31 acres of culturally significant land near the community known as Old Pascua. With the land now held in trust by the U.S. government, the tribe is proceeding with its plans to develop a new gaming property at the intersection of Grant Road and Interstate 10, bringing the first casino to Central Tucson.
“Pascua Yaqui tribal members have lived and worked in this area for hundreds of years, and we continue to live, worship, and raise our families here today,” said Chairman of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Peter Yucupicio. “Cultural ceremonies are observed in Old Pascua and it’s a vibrant community. To have the opportunity to be able to expand and provide additional jobs and revitalization to the area is amazing. We have been planning for the possibility of this project for some time, and it’s just incredible that now it can become a reality.”
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe owns and operates Casino Del Sol and Casino of the Sun in Southwest Tucson, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary later this year. This third property will expand the enterprise’s first-class entertainment and gaming options into a new region, just three miles from downtown Tucson. Plans for the new casino include gaming machines, table games, sports betting, several food and beverage outlets, and a parking garage.
“We are so excited to move forward with the casino project near Old Pascua at Grant Road and I-10 and bring the quality service, gaming, and dining we’re known for to Central Tucson,” said CEO of Casino Del Sol, Kimberly Van Amburg. “We are not just excited about the project, but also about what it means for this part of town. It will be the first step towards rejuvenating and beautifying this important area of Tucson. We are also thrilled about all the new jobs the new casino will provide; many people will be able to walk to work, which is a plus.”