Fonner Park will be the location of a future casino and hotel. Officials announced that Elite Casino Resorts would build and operate the proposed Grand Island Casino Resort. Also, the family-owned company will construct the hotel and casino complex north of the racetrack.
According to initial plans, Grand Island Casino Resort will be a boutique hotel with six floors on top of a casino and other amenities on the first floor. Also, it will connect to the racetrack. The hotel will have four restaurants on the top floor.
According to sportsbook pay per head reports, the hotel will have six suites and several rooms with balconies that will have a view of the State Fair and horse track. It will also have an outdoor and indoor pool, salon, and spa. Also, it will have a parking garage, surface parking, and valet parking.
Grand Island Casino Resort
According to gambling industry news, the proposed casino resort will have a sports bar with a sportsbook, high-limit slot machines, a show lounge, and a VIP lounge. The gambling floor will have around 650 slot machines, with a maximum of 850. Also, it will have 20 table games.
Elite Casino Resorts operates Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, Rhythm City Casino and Resort, and the Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort. Also, the operator is waiting for state gaming approval to construct Bluff Casino Resort in Illinois.
Dan Fogland, Fonner Park President, said that officials want to make the right move for the race track. According to sports betting solutions experts, the proposed casino resort will generate 370 jobs. Also, 80 percent of the positions will be full-time.
Casino employees will have a total payroll of around $17 million. Full-time workers will have an average hourly salary of $17.80 or a yearly salary of $37,024.
Nine companies submitted bids to operate the new casino. Fonner Park officials met with the operators before they made a decision.