This is an important event for the city after years of legal battles and objections from the Kansas Attorney General.
Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma CEO Kelly Carpino expressed excitement for having the opportunity to introduce very soon Crosswinds to Park City and the surrounding communities.
The CEO added: “Our focus with all of our gaming properties is to provide a fun, clean atmosphere with fan favorite slots and great customer service. Crosswinds Casino is ready to deliver that same experience to all of our guests.”
According to the Wyandotte Nation, the casino will contribute to the community for it will employ 150 people and will provide them with benefits.
Importance of the Casino
Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend said that the casino is important for the city, economically speaking but it would also give the tribal citizens a chance for improved health care, housing, education and other very needed programs. He also said that his tribe was more than eager to work with Park City on the project.
Chief Friend thanked the city for working so hard and for being so successful in the past year in developing the casino plan and welcoming the tribe as partners on the endeavor.
He added: “The great thing about this project is it will not only create jobs for the area, but will bring in increased revenues through tourism, and create new opportunities for additional development.”
The new casino follows a decades-long dispute over the Wyandotte Nation’s legal authority to build a casino in Sedgwick County. In June, the Department of Interior cleared the way for the business. In early August, the state asked a federal court to set aside that decision.
Meanwhile, in February Kansas made a big move in legalizing sports betting. The hearing on wagering measures happened in the middle of the month.
The Kansas bill will allow as many as 12 online sports betting licenses for commercial casinos, as well as expanded retail options for Native American tribes and the state’s biggest motorsports venue.
As part of a proposal spearheaded by the state Senate, the four commercial casinos in Kansas will be allowed to partner with as many as three online wagering operators.
The sports betting bill has significant support from Gov. Laura Kelly and the Republican-led Legislature. Some of the key details include tax rates and license eligibility.
Source: “New casino to open in Park City next week”, KWCH 12, February 23, 2021