PONCA CITY, Okla. – Osage Nation officials and Osage Manhattan Builders employees celebrated reaching a milestone in the construction of the Ponca City Casino and Hotel.
They hosted a Topping Out Ceremony May 24 at the construction site, located off of Highway 60 on 73 North City View Road. The topping out ceremony marks the last beam to be placed on the structure to ‘top out.’
Osage Casino CEO Neil Cornelius said both the Ponca and Skiatook casinos will be open by Christmas of this year.
“We are thrilled about the new offerings this casino will feature for our guests,” Cornelius said. “Osage Casino – Ponca City will bring the finest in casino design to Ponca City and will create great opportunities for employment, entertainment, along with local and regional business functions.”
Osage Nation officials, tribal members, Osage Manhattan Builders crew and casino personnel signed the beam with black sharpies.
The 89,817 square-foot casino will offer six table games, more than 450 electronic games, a restaurant, bar and multi-purpose event center which can be broken down into three separate rooms. This will be available for businesses, private parties and conferences. The new casino will feature a totally redesigned interior with bright lights and colorful décor along with new signage, landscaping and stone exterior, according to a release.
The 48-room, three-story, full-service hotel will include a fitness center, lounge, outdoor pool and spa, and a convenience store. There will also be parking available for RVs, buses and large trucks.
The Skiatook Casino and Hotel also had a topping out ceremony May 17.
The casino will include a 33-room full-service hotel and conference center. It will offer 78,000 square feet of gaming space, a restaurant and sports bar. The casino will have 300 games and six table games.
The 33-room, three-story hotel will include 31 standard rooms and two suites, fitness center, swimming pool, breakfast dining area, meeting room and convention space. The hotel lobby will include a grab-and-go counter and small bar with direct access to the casino floor and restaurants, according to a release.
The restaurant will feature a casual dining experience that will seat up to 60 patrons.
The casino will also include a sports bar venue, which allows guests to view multiple HD televisions from every seat in the house. In addition to playing all major sporting events throughout the year, the sports bar will be a premier spot for music and live entertainment, according to the release. The project also includes a newly designed convenience store that will accommodate both seasonal and lake traffic.
For more photos from the Topping Out ceremony in Ponca City and Skiatook, visit the Osage News Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/osagenews/.