Construction continues at the new Soboba Casino, owned and operated by the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians in San Jacinto, California. Photo: Soboba Band
California | Openings & Closings

Soboba Band on track to finish fast-rising replacement gaming facility next summer

The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians is making progress on its replacement gaming facility in southern California.

The tribe held a topping-off ceremony at the fast-rising Soboba Casino on Monday. The final beam, bearing the signatures of tribal citizens, employees and construction workers, rests on top of the six-story hotel, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.

“This is one of the significant milestones of the whole construction project,” administrator Michael Castello said, the paper reported. “We’re trying to landmark all of these special milestones. It’s special to be able to have the tribal members sign their names on something that will be up for decades.”

The tribe broke ground in February. The 450,000 square-foot property is on track to open in the summer of 2018.

The facility will be located on a portion of a 410-acre property that was placed in trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in June 2015. The land-into-trust process took about seven years to complete.

The project includes a 200-room hotel, a pool, two restaurants, a food court and sports bar, a 15,000 square-foot banquet and meeting facility for conferences and special events. The casino itself will have 2,000 slot machines and 28 table games.

The facility is adjacent to The Country Club at Soboba Springs, the tribe's golf resort.

Read More on the Story:
New Soboba casino, hotel construction continues near San Jacinto (The Riverside Press-Enterprise December 12, 2017)
A new casino for Soboba means a new pool for San Jacinto High School (The Riverside Press-Enterprise November 13, 2017)

Federal Register Notices:
Land Acquisitions; Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians of California (June 3, 2015)
Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians' Proposed 534-Acre Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, Riverside County, California (November 29, 2013)

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