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Leaf Home arrow The News arrow North East News arrow Seneca Nationís newest gaming facility opening Friday
Seneca Nationís newest gaming facility opening Friday
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Friday, 04 July 2014
Seneca Nation’s newest gaming facility opening Friday
By Darlene M. Donohue
July 03, 2014

CUBA —  Although portions of the Seneca Gaming and Entertainment’s latest project are still under development, a Seneca Nation of Indians official said construction will be complete in time for tomorrow morning’s grand opening of its newest gaming facility.

Dozens of construction crews were scrambling at the site located near Cuba Lake  Wednesday afternoon paving the parking lot and completing other exterior work around the 90-by 50-square foot facility, which will house the Seneca Nation’s fourth major gaming center.

“I know it looks like a mess over there right now, but we’ll be ready to open July 4 as planned,” Judy Farmer, Class II Gaming acting director, said Wednesday regarding construction being conducted on the portion of property located to the north of the Seneca One Stop on North Cuba Road near Cuba Lake. “We had some weather-related delays with the parking lot paving, but we’ll have crews working extended hours to address the remaining work.” Since March, crews have been at the one-square-mile site in Oil Springs Territory developing the structure, which the Seneca Nation is calling its pilot project for what’s to come at the site.

“It’s both scary and exciting working on this type of project, but we’re pretty much set to go with everything,” said Ms. Farmer as she was running around talking to individuals about last-minute details for the first day of business. “We’re ready, and think the customers will be pleased with what we’ve done here.”

Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. Friday, and each customer will be treated to many offerings as they enter the facility, including various opportunities to win prizes throughout the day.

“We will have a $10 match play giveaway at various times throughout the day, and each customer will have the opportunity to spin the prize wheel,” said Ms. Farmer, adding customers should plan to arrive early so they can register for a new game card which can only be used at the Cuba Lake site. “We’ll also be selling hot dogs and a couple of radio stations will be hosting live broadcast.”

The facility is a Class II gaming center, which under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 may host games like slot machines, video gambling, bingo and card games between players.

In 2002, the SNI signed the NYS Gaming Compact with the state, allowing for the Nation to build three Class III facilities — which host casino-style games like craps and blackjack. The compact also gives the Nation exclusive rights to build casinos west of Route 14 — which runs from Elmira in the south to Sodus Point on Lake Ontario.

This latest facility will join the Nation’s other sites at Salamanca, Buffalo and Niagara Falls.  

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