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Saginaw Chippewa Tribe debuts first phase of major casino renovation

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe is getting ready to debut the first phase of a $26.5 million casino renovation project.

The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, is welcoming patrons to a high limit gaming room and VIP lounge on Friday, The Midland Daily News reported. The work was completed two weeks ahead of time, the paper said.

“This transformation is one of many more transformations yet to come," Soaring Eagle’s CEO Ray Brenny said in the April 2018 issue of The Observer, the tribe's newspaper.

Additional components of the renovation include a new sports bar and night club, along with updates to the entertainment hall and family arcade. Work is expected to be complete by September.

Groundbreaking on an expansion at the Saganing Eagles Landing Casino in Standish, Michigan, took place last June. Photo: Saganing Eagles Landing

The project isn't the only big ticket item in development on the reservation. The tribe is expanding the Saganing Eagles Landing Casino in Standish with a 148-room hotel, a full-service restaurant, additional space for retail and a larger gaming floor. An opening is slated for early 2019.

The tribe is also investing millions of dollars to upgrade The Green Suites, which will be rebranded as the The Retreat at Soaring Eagle in order to accommodate guests of the casino, as well as the neighboring Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel and Waabooz Run Golf Course.

Work is taking place in phases this summer, according to the March issue of The Observer. Migizi Economic Development Company, the tribe's economic development corporation, runs the business.

Soaring Eagle, the tribe's flagship facility, is celebrating 37 years of gaming this year. Saganing Eagles is observing its 10th birthday.

Read More on the Story:
Soaring Eagle plans grand opening for high limits, VIP lounge (The Midland Daily News April 4, 2018)
Multimillion-dollar hotel makeover coming to Soaring Eagle property (MLive March 23, 2018)
Tribe turning Green Suites into The Retreat at Soaring Eagle (The Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun March 11, 2018)

Related Stories:
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe undertakes $26.5 million renovation of main casino (October 31, 2017)
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe announces hotel as part of casino expansion (June 28, 2017)

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