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HOLLYWOOD, FL - MAY 11: Hugh Salmon and Nada Salmon (L) play slot machines May 11, 2004 during the grand opening for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. South Florida's Seminole Indian Tribe has opened the state's biggest casino complex. The hotel has 500 rooms, 4,000 video gaming machines, poker tables and several restaurants. The public area has large ballrooms and a six-acre pool site with a 180-foot water slide. The Seminoles have shown big profits in past years by selling tax-free cigarettes and operating bingo halls, but the Hard Rock is its biggest venture thus far. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Over the past few years you have probably heard talk of a possible casino coming to Kings Mountain.

CASINO NEWS: Just before coronavirus began dominating the news cycle last month, the U.S. Department of the Interior approved a proposal from the Catawba Indian Nation to build a Vegas-style casino complex on 16.57 acres in Kings Mountain. "The Nation is very thankful for the Department's decision to take this land into trust, enabling us to achieve the promise of self-determination though economic development," said Catawba Chief William Harris in a statement. According to plans, the entertainment facility will cost $273 million. . TIMELINE:The tribe has not provided an exact target grand opening date, but it'll be in several years. Once plans are finalized, construction is estimated to take well over a year. "We will share the timeline as quickly as possible, but do plan to have the casino opening as quickly as possible," says Elizabeth Harris, a Catawba Indian Nation representative. It's unclear how the coronavirus outbreak will impact the planning or construction timeline. Last month, the Catawbas said all tribal meetings and events would be canceled through at least April 30. . DETAILS: Proposed plans call for a 195,000-square-foot mixed use development with over 75,000 square feet of gaming space. The casino will have 1,796 slots, 54 table games, and a player's club, along with restaurants and bars with a total of 940 seats. It'll be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's not yet clear whether or not there will be a sports book. "In order to have those types of games we have to negotiate a gaming compact with the North Carolina Governor's office," Elizabeth Harris tells the Agenda. "We plan to begin working with them on getting a compact in place." ???????????? . LOCATION: The new Kings Mountain casino will be located right off of Interstate 85 at Dixon School Road according to plans (35 miles from Uptown). Renderings courtesy of Catawba Indian Nation and Delaware North.

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It’s officially official! A tribe official on Friday confirmed the plans that will bring Vegas-style gambling to the Charlotte area! The Catawba Indians plan to bring a nearly $300 million casino 35 miles from Charlotte in Kings Mountain, NC.

“The Catawba Nation is excited to get this long awaited project moving forward,” Catawba Chief Bill Harris told WBTV. “The project will have a huge impact on the Cleveland County region bringing much needed jobs as well as on the future on the Catawba Nation.”

The Eastern band of Cherokees, who operate their own casinos in western North Carolina had a lawsuit against the project. The Catawba Indians are based in South Carolina, where gambling is prohibited. It was revealed that they have been looking for land in NC for at least seven years. The tribe finally won federal approval in March to acquire 16 acres near I-85 in Cleveland County. The U.S. Interior department put the land in trust, a designation that gives it the right to develop a casino.

We can’t wait to see this come to life! Read the full article by WBTV here.

Source: WBTV

Casino Lined-Up for Kings Mountain Only 35 Miles From Charlotte