Construction starts on Pala Casino and Resort expansion

Posted at 1:17 PM, Oct 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-17 16:17:52-04

PALA (KGTV) - Pala Casino and Resort broke ground Tuesday on a $170 million expansion which tribal officials say will focus on resort atmosphere.

Tribal gaming is a fiercely competitive industry. Four other major casinos in Southern California are also undergoing renovation projects in an effort to gain a larger share of growing state revenue.

According to a 2016 California State Audit, Indian gaming revenues in California and northern Nevada roughly tripled in less than 20 years to $7.9 billion in 2015.

Pala Casino's expansion project will include a 350 guest suite tower, a redesigned pool and entertainment complex, revamped restaurant row and a refresh of the entire casino area. They expect to finish by 2019.