BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - After a years-long battle thanks to lawsuits and construction delays, the Buffalo Creek Casino held its much-anticipated grand opening in downtown Buffalo.
The casino, built on nine acres of sovereign land, has actually been in operation for a couple of weeks, but Tuesday night marked its official opening. People packed the casino as celebrations were held, including fireworks and a ceremony on the roof.
Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder said, "We had confidence in what we were doing. We knew Western New York is our home, we're not going to go anywhere, and we knew that we could partner up with each and every one of the municipalities that we do partner up with to be very successful as we are in the gaming industry."
The $130 million casino has been nearly seven years in the making, surviving political opposition, lawsuits, and economic downturn. The newly constructed building has been downsized from its original concept, but replaces a temporary casino.
The new casino features 800 slot machines and 18 gaming tables, providing 500 permanent jobs and an eatery featuring well-known local establishments, such as Duff's Wings, Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, and Franco's Pizza.
"We're very unique; we're very pro-Buffalo, pro-Seneca Nation, pro-work," Snyder said. "And I think that makes a difference."
The Seneca Nation President adds that depending on how the Buffalo Creek Casino performs over the next few years, their gaming corporation may be expanding, but it would involve a partner.
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