Earlier this week the tribe got the federal government and state approval for the reopening, which was originally announced for January.
US.- The casino located in Coarsegold, California, has been closed since October 2014 and is currently getting ready for an special evening, a “soft opening” for tomorrow night, December 31st. The formal reopening will take place on January 15, 2016.
It’s been 15 month since the closure of the resort, after an armed tribal dispute occurred that led state authorities to decide the closure for safety reasons. The casino’s reopening, announced early this week, was settled after an agreement was reached between the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians and the National Indian Gaming Commission.
The Tribal Chairwoman Claudia Gonzales stated: “Since our election, the Tribal Council has worked every day with our government partners, casino management team and local business partners to get Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino ready to open for our customers. We are thankful for the support of our members and believe this is an important first step in bringing prosperity back to our people.”
Even though New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest nights for casinos, the Chukchansi Gold isn’t expecting a massive turnout. Christian Goode, Chukchansi Gold’s chief operating officer said “We will not be as busy because we didn’t have that lead-up marketing for it.” But the decision to receive gamers and visitors on Thursday night is an opportunity to show the community that the tribe and the 850 staff have worked hard to get ready to return to business after getting federal government and state approval.