American gaming and hospitality company Boyd Gaming Corporation together with the Wilton Rancheria Tribe announced their plans to break ground on the tribe’s gaming resort in Elk Grove, Califorina on Tuesday, March 9. Construction is set to begin shortly thereafter.
The property, located 15 miles south of downtown Sacramento, will be the closest casino to both Sacramento and the south Bay area when it opens. The casino, which is developed and managed by Boyd Gaming on behalf of the Wilton tribe, is scheduled to open to the public around the second half of 2022. The tribe was granted full project financing from a third-party.
“Today we celebrate the hard-fought determination of generations of Tribal members to create a future of dignity and self-sufficiency for Wilton Rancheria,” Jesus Tarango, Wilton Tribal chair, said.
“This will be a transformative project that will provide resources to invest in housing, education, and healthcare for our more than 800 members, to preserve our language and culture, and to give back to the community for decades to come,” he added.
“Next week’s groundbreaking will be a key milestone in Wilton Rancheria’s and Boyd Gaming’s shared commitment to creating an exceptional gaming experience in northern California,” Keith Smith, Boyd Gaming’s president and chief executive officer, said.
“After years of planning, our focus will now turn to bringing the tribe’s vision for this project to life. We look forward to a 2022 opening and providing our partners the opportunity to finally achieve their long-standing vision of self-sufficiencly,” he added.