Rohnert Park casino sets opening date

[caption id="attachment_79986" align="alignnone" width="500"] The $800 million Graton Resort & Casino in northwest Rohnert Park is set to employ about 2,000.[/caption]

ROHNERT PARK -- Graton Resort & Casino on Thursday announced its $800 million, 3,000-slot casino will officially open Tuesday, Nov. 5, marking the completion of a project a decade in the making.

Owned by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and operated by Las Vegas-based Station Casinos, the 320,000-square-foot casino took just under a year to complete construction.

Upon opening, the casino anticipates it will see 6,000 people on opening day to play the slots and 144 table games such as Texas Hold ’Em and Blackjack.

To date, the gaming establishment has hired 805 permanent staff and will ultimately hire 2,000, according to Station Casinos. About 700 worked on building the facility. And the casino said 900 graduated from its free dealer school program, of which 300 have been hired.

The structure also will feature more than a dozen restaurants, including venues by high-profile chefs such as Martin Yan, Doug Keane and Tony Gemignani. The casino’s four standalone, full-service restaurants complement the Marketplace, a 500-seat food venue.

It also will have an 8,700-square-foot events center that can seat more than 600 for concerts, large indoor presentations, business meetings and special events.

The project broke ground in June 2012, after receiving approval from the State Assembly that May. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the gaming compact with the tribe two months before that.

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NOTE: Direct all questions about operations and features of the casino to Stations Casinos.


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