Law Article: Graton Rancheria puts Godzilla casino in Bay Area

Attorney says Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria will be cashing in on the Bay Area market when it opens the $800 million Graton Resort and Casino later this year:
The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Tribe is on track to soon open its huge casino and resort in Rohnert Park, California, at a site adjacent to U.S. 101 in Sonoma County. The best information available is that this will occur prior to December 31, and the project is expected to dwarf the competition throughout Northern California. As discussed below, the casino will be massive with a wide range of collateral attractions, including dining and live entertainment, and is destined to cash in on the fact that it will be the closest casino to San Francisco.

The Tribe has worked with Station Casinos of Las Vegas for years to finally gain the necessary approvals for the location, and Station, in turn, has been unwavering in its support for the Tribe and the project. Together, these two business partners have overcome many obstacles that included two relocations from the originally proposed site and widespread opposition to any project from various anti-gaming groups.

As the headline above suggests, this project is enormous and will indeed be the Godzilla of the Highway 101 corridor. Moreover, it promises major financial returns for the Tribe, its 1,300 members, and Station Casinos. Station has been the developer and soon will be operating the casino project pursuant to a management contract and is certain to realize substantial profits from the Graton Resort & Casino.

The location and project scope are stunning.

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