ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WFRV) The Oneida Tribe of Indians says a $28 million renovation of its gaming operations is on track. Underway since last June, Thursday the tribe offered us a glimpse of the progress. Drawing hundreds of thousands of people each year, Oneida Casino officials say this upgrade is about pleasing their customers.
Inside the Oneida's main casino the signs of renovation have been present the past 6 months. But the general manager of gaming here says this multi-million dollar makeover is almost done.
"Our guests can't wait and neither can I," said Louise Cornelius, the tribe's general manager of gaming operations.
It has been 20 years since the tribe's main casino has had a makeover. Last June, a project aimed at modernizing gaming operations, with expanded floor space and several new restaurants - one a sports bar named after Vince Lombardi - was announced.
"We'll have some of his favorites," said Greg Kolbinger of Ovations Food Service. "Running food and drink specials for all the games."
"What it means are more choices, food choices for things that don't exist in northeast Wisconsin," Cornelius said.
At the halfway point, construction goes on, as new lighting, carpet, ceilings and other interior remodeling progresses ; all just feet away from the casino's paying customers.
"Trying to do what's best for our guests, as well as maintaining construction," said Cornelius.
However, by the end of June, all construction will be complete- and this casino ready for the years ahead.
"We need to stay competitive in the market," said Cornelius
In all the tribe is adding 5 new restaurants - including one at its smaller casino on West Mason Street.
All should open by April 7.