Seneca Nation announces reopening dates for gaming operations

Niagara Falls

SALAMANCA, N.Y. (WIVB)–The Seneca Nation announced reopening dates for gaming on Monday.

Seneca Niagara will open on Thursday, June 18, Seneca Buffalo Creek will open the following week on Thursday, June 25, and Seneca Allegany will reopen on Thursday, July 2.

“I think it’s great,” said Niagara Falls Councilman Bill Kennedy. “I think it’s the beginning of the signs of life getting back to normal.”

Kennedy says the Niagara Falls economy will benefit from the casino opening back up.

“Tourists that may stay in the hotel that are going to, they don’t want to sit in the hotel I’m guessing especially while it’s nice out,” Kennedy said. “They can go down and see the falls. They’re only a little walk away. To be able to go to the restaurants and the little attractions that are down there and start pumping money back into this economy that so desperately needs it.”

Officials say Seneca Gaming and Entertainment properties in Irving, Salamanca, and Cuba will also reopen on June 18. Those facilities will have a reduced number of available machines.

All facilities will open at reduced capacity and schedule.

Seneca Gaming is expected to announce operational details for the reopening process on Tuesday.

That includes specific hours of operation, comprehensive safety measures and protocols, and which areas of the operations will initially reopen to guests.

Gaming operations have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic since March 16.

Troy Licastro is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2018. See more of his work here.

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