PONCA CITY — An upscale new Osage Casino and Hotel opened Monday, Dec. 23, in Ponca City.
The expanded casino offers six table games and more than 345 electronic games. It includes a restaurant, bar and multi-purpose event center. A two-story, full-service hotel has 48 guest rooms including two suites, a fitness center, lounge, outdoor pool and spa. The site also features a 24-hour “OC” convenience store with eight fueling stations.
Ribbon cutting ceremonies featured Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle, Ponca City Mayor Homer Nicholson and Rich Cantillon, head of the Ponca City Chamber of Commerce. Also attending were Osage Casino executives Neil Cornelius and Joe Olujic.
“This casino offers a great opportunity for economic growth in the Ponca City area,” Mayor Nicholson said. “We are excited to see the jobs it has brought to our community and we’re hopeful it will attract other businesses.”
The 89,817-square-foot facility was designed by Marnell Architecture, the firm responsible for Rio Hotel and Casino and The Bellagio in Las Vegas. It was built by Osage Manhattan Builders, a company with 51 percent-majority Osage ownership. The firm provides construction management, general contracting and design/build services.
“Opening of Osage Casino-Ponca City is truly a milestone for the Osage Nation,” said Red Eagle, adding that the facility will be “a great venue.”
A redesigned interior features bright lights and colorful décor, while new signage and landscaping enhance the stone exterior. The new event center can be broken down into three separate rooms which will be available to businesses, private parties and conferences.
Osage Casino-Ponca City is one of seven casinos owned and operated by the Osage Nation, which also recently opened a new hotel facility at its Skiatook location.