Oneida Nation to build casino in Bridgeport

Point Place Casino will be open to the public in Spring 2018.
Point Place Casino will be open to the public in Spring 2018.

The tribe Oneida Nation announced its plans to build a US$40 million gambling facility in Bridgeport, New York.

US.- The Oneida Indian Nation revealed its plans to open a casino in Bridgeport, Central New York. The US$40 million Point Place Casino will be built over the Onondaga County-Madison County line and it is expected that it will be open to the public in Spring 2018.

According to news outlet Syracuse, construction will begin in May and officials estimated that it will create approximately 250 construction jobs. The 24 hour facility will be featured on a 65.000 square feet space and it will operate with 200 employers. Furthermore, the gambling offer includes 500 slot machines and 20 table games, as well as dining offers, but alcoholl and smoke free. The officials confirmed that the new opening will bring more people from close counties and northern suburbs, as close areas such as Syracuse and Oswego don’t hace casinos.

Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises Chief Executive Officer Ray Halbritter, said: “Over the last few decades, we have worked hard to build a well-planned economic model that has sustained and invigorated the local economy – and our expansion projects have almost always exceeded expectations. In the coming months, we are looking forward to working with the community to launch this latest project and build off that success.”

The terms of the 1993 agreement with New York and a later agreement establish that as the casino is set to be constructed on Oneida Nation land, they don’t need licenses or permissions on a local, state or federal level to open the facility.