The expansion is currently the largest hospitality development project underway in the Southeast region and one of the largest in the country. Completion of the $633 million project is expected by 2012.
The completed property will feature over 1,100 hotel rooms, more than 20 suites and a new 3rd hotel tower, luxury spa and a new 3,000 seat Events center, as well as new hotel and casino parking garages. Several projects associated with the expansion are now open to the public, including new hotel rooms and the 3,035-seat Cherokee Event Center, which debuted in 2010 with a special live event featuring Hank Williams, Jr. and Lady Antebellum.
Upon its completion in 2012, Harrah’s Cherokee will have doubled the size of its casino floor to 150,000 square feet and increase its video and table game capacity by expanding its gaming offerings from 3,400 gaming stations to 4,700. The casino expansion also includes new table games such as live blackjack, raffle reels and Baccarito.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel is an enterprise of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, located 50 miles west of Asheville at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino is open 24 hours a day to guests 21 years of age or older.