Announced earlier this year, and scheduled for competition in the second quarter of 2013, the $90 million project includes a 250-room hotel tower that will replace an ill-conceived dome facility built for concerts and boxing matches. The new 100,000 square feet expansion is also expected to create dozens of new jobs and bring economic development to Eagle Pass and Maverick County.
According Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas (KTTT) Tribal Council Chairman Juan Garza Jr., these changes are possible thanks to a series of policies and strategies implemented over the last decade. Thanks to these changes, the tribe is far from the conflicts and problems that affected the community for many years, and now enjoys strong finances and stability. The original Lucky Eagle Casino opened in 1996 in a modest facility comprised by one food venue, a snack bar, and small gaming floor featuring a bingo hall and a couple of hundred gaming machines.
But for Garza, the expansion project at Texas only casino will also bring many benefits to the local community, including a new community healthcare clinic, a 16,000 square foot Community Center, a 60,000 square foot Administration Building, a new education center, a 40 homes subdivision for tribal members, a new gasoline and convenience store, new water and sewer lines and completion of the private Kickapoo roadway from El Indio Highway to the Kickapoo reservation and Lucky Eagle Casino.
For Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino manager Robin Miller, the planned improvements will cater the costumers’ demands and will also give the Texas casino better chances to compete with bigger casinos in Oklahoma and Louisiana, and said the facility will soon expand to 2500 gaming machines, up from 1,500 devices installed at the casino when she arrived two years ago.