- Associated Press - Saturday, June 30, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) - The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation has broken ground on a new casino in the Phoenix area.

Tribal officials and other dignitaries attended Friday’s ceremony. Tribal Council President Bernadine Burnette called it the beginning of a new chapter for the Arizona tribe.

The $120 million project includes a casino that will span more than 166,000 square feet (15,420 square meters). It will include high-end dining, a sports bar and an entertainment stage.

The tribe built the first high-stakes bingo hall in the area three decades ago.

Its current casino has more than 150,000 square feet (13,400 square meters) of slot machines, bingo and card tables. Once the new casino is complete in 2020, tribal officials say the current casino space will be redesigned for a new purpose.

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