Mohegan and Cowlitz Tribe document ‘major’ ilani casino expansion project

The Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment managed ilani Casino Resort has announced a “major” expansion project, as the Connecticut headquartered firm aims to build on recent momentum in Las Vegas and Greece.

In partnership with the Cowlitz Tribe, Howard Wright and Friedmutter Group, ilani will feature additions to its exterior and interior designs, including two new restaurant venues, expanded gaming space, and a 14-story hotel tower.

The expansion is an extension of MGE’s global growth strategy and the tribe’s long-term vision for its reservation, following the completion of ilani’s meeting and entertainment Center, parking garage and convenience store.

“On the heels of combatting many challenges this year, we are thrilled to announce the expansion and growth of ilani, bringing a wealth of new amenities and entertainment options for future guests,” commented Mario Kontomerkos, CEO and president of Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment

“As we continue on this path of strategic development, we recognise this expansion will bring growth, prosperity and excitement to the Pacific Northwest and further position ilani as the premier gaming, dining, entertainment and meeting destination in the region.”

Slated to commence next week, Thursday 15 October, construction for two new dining venues and additional gaming space will begin. Upon completion, the expansion will bring ilani’s total property size to over 400,000 square feet. 

In early 2021, construction will begin on ilani’s 14-story, 300-room hotel glass tower, which will feature large suites and amenities such as a spa, fitness centre, top-floor restaurant and more.

“We have been steadfast in our efforts to bring forward a business model that complements our region and provides an unmatched experience for our guests,” explained Kara Fox-LaRose, general manager and president of ilani

“Our business has grown incrementally since opening just over three years ago, and our new parking garage, expanded gaming space and additional restaurants provide increased opportunities to ensure the sustainability of our business and will continue to contribute to the economic vitality of our tribe and the area.  

“The addition of a hotel will allow us to bring more visitation to our region, and we are looking forward to the stabilisation of our economy so we can begin construction. In the meantime, we will advance the design with the Cowlitz Tribe to ensure its elements properly represent the tribe’s heritage and meet the needs of our guests.”

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