Soboba Casino to open new hotel and casino in 2019; Pala suspends hotel tower expansion – Press-Enterprise

As one Southern California casino nears completion on a new resort, another has suspended its expansion plans.

While Soboba Casino in San Jacinto plans to open its new 200-room hotel and casino in the first quarter of 2019, Pala Casino Spa & Resort officials aren’t building a previously announced hotel tower — for now, at least.

Soboba Casino in San Jacinto is among the latest Southern California casinos to get into the resort game as Native American tribes have bet on expanding their casinos and resorts in recent years.

San Manuel Casino broke ground a few weeks ago on its new $550 million expansion with the first phase, a new parking structure — already underway — which will be followed by an entertainment venue, scheduled to be completed in 2021, and then a hotel and resort.

Pechanga Resort & Casino’s new hotel tower, events center and restaurant opened in December and in March, the Temecula property debuted its resort-style pool complex.

Unlike the other expansions, the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians is building an entirely new property. Soboba Casino Resort will have approximately 474,000 square feet of interior space and sit on 37.5 acres about a mile from the current casino, which doesn’t have a hotel or resort amenities like pools or multiple restaurants.

“We are excited to see this long-awaited dream become a reality,” Scott Cozart, tribal chairman of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, said in a statement. “This beautiful new facility will bring so much to our community and the entire region for many generations to come.”

The new gaming floor will be bigger than the entirety of the current casino, but the complex will have the same number of slot machines and table games. Players at the 2,000 machines and 32 tables will simply have more elbow room.

One of the biggest upgrades at Soboba Casino

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