The Catawba Indian Nation’s Two Kings Casino, which has had a strong response to its temporary North Carolina facility of 500 real money slot machines, will double that amount by the end of the year.
According to a press release, the first construction site work for the extension of Two Kings began in September. The new amusement arcades, which were built in prefabricated modular structures, will be added to the existing facility.
“With the overwhelming success of the Catawba Two Kings Casino’s pre-launch facility since opening, it makes sense to work as soon as possible to bring additional gaming options to our Charlotte area customers,” said Mike Ulizio, President of the Catawba Nation Gaming Authority said in the press release.
The US casino, which opened on July 1, is about 35 miles from Charlotte.
The slot machines are located in one-story modular structures in Kings Mountain and the temporary facility currently has nearly 15,000 square feet for slot machines, offices and a snack area.
A $ 273 million project
The permanent Catawba Two Kings Casino will be a $ 273 million, 60,000 square foot facility offering Class III games (slots and table games). The casino is expected to bring more than 2,500 jobs to North Carolina. The Catawbas had previously announced that they would be opening an “introductory facility” with at least 1,300 slot machines in the fall.
The Catawba Indian Nation, based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, tried for years to offer US gambling other than bingo in South Carolina before looking north to build a casino.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Kings Mountain facility came after the contract between the tribe and North Carolina was approved by the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs.
More jobs in the region
At the opening ceremony in July, the chief of the Catawba Nation, Bill Harris, pointed out what the casino means to the tribe.
“It represents a bright future for many of us – one with more jobs and more education,” said Harris. “We are grateful for the relationships that have grown in each community, for our partnerships with Delaware North and SkyBoat Gaming, and for the invaluable guidance that local officials have provided in bringing this project to life.”
North Carolina’s Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians battles the Catawba Casino. The Cherokees offer sports betting at their two casinos in western North Carolina. They started accepting bets just before March Madness.
It is not known when or if the Catawbas will eventually start offering sports betting at Two Kings.