Oneida Indian Nation Announces Major Expansion of Point Place Casino

Posted on February 14, 2024

Oneida Indian Nation Announces Major Expansion of Point Place Casino

The Oneida Indian Nation announced that Point Place Casino will undergo a major expansion that will double the casino’s gaming floor and add a new hotel, restaurant, meeting areas and more. The expansion, estimated to be more than $50 million by the Nation, comes in response to incredible demand from Point Place Casino guests and the surge of growth occurring throughout Central New York.

Oneida Indian Nation Homelands (February 14, 2024) – The Oneida Indian Nation announced that Point Place Casino will undergo a large-scale expansion in the coming months that will double its gaming floor, add a brand-new hotel and more. This expansion comes in response to the demand from guests for additional amenities at Point Place Casino, as well as the explosive growth and economic development occurring across Central New York.

With a more than $50 million investment from the Oneida Indian Nation, the expansion will include:

More Gaming Fun

Point Place Casino’s gaming floor will double in size during the expansion, giving guests more ways to enjoy the excitement of gaming.

New Hotel

The expansion will include a brand-new, multi-story hotel with 100 guest rooms and 8 luxurious suites. Inside a beautiful lobby area, guests will enjoy a Perfect Pour Cafe satellite location, while a spacious event area will accommodate meetings, celebrations and other gatherings.

More Dining Choices

A new restaurant will offer guests delicious American grill-style fare, while popular dining venue The Burgers of Madison County will add breakfast service alongside its existing lunch and dinner menus.

A Reinvention of The Fireside Lounge

Already a beloved local hotspot, the Fireside Lounge will double in size, adding an expanded bar area and creating a 360-degree view of its wood-burning fireplace. New cozy seating will make the lounge an even more inviting place for guests to enjoy a specialty cocktail, craft beer or wine around the glowing fire.

[Renderings of Point Place Casino’s expansion here]

The Oneida Indian Nation has anticipated the need for this expansion project for some time, with the popularity of Point Place Casino rapidly outgrowing its existing space. Since its creation in 2018, when the casino opened to overnight lines of excited guests eager to be among the first to enter, visitors have requested lodging to accommodate weekend trips, additional dining options, expanded choices in gaming and more.

Now, as the region flourishes in a period of rapid development, Point Place Casino’s expansion will offer the new amenities and opportunities needed to meet this rising demand today and in the years to come.

“Listening to our guests is one of the reasons the Oneida Indian Nation’s enterprises have been so successful,” said Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Turning Stone Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter. “With constant requests for more of everything Point Place Casino offers since its opening, we knew this expansion was more than necessary. As Central New York continues to experience an extremely exciting period of unprecedented growth, we are committed to continuing historic investments like this in our enterprises and the region to sustain this level of economic success for generations to come.”

“The Oneida Indian Nation has been a dedicated partner to Madison County for many years,” said John Pinard, Chairman of the Madison County Board of Supervisors. “We are confident that this latest investment in Point Place Casino will continue to create jobs and spur expanded economic activity that will help make Bridgeport and its surrounding communities even better places to live and work.”

“The expansion of Point Place Casino is welcome news for the Town of Sullivan,” said Tom Daviau, Town of Sullivan Supervisor. “The Oneida Indian Nation and the casino have been valued partners for our community, and this major expansion will help attract more tourists to Sullivan while generating critical economic investment to support our growth into the future.”

“When the Oneida Indian Nation invests in its enterprises, it also invests in our members,” said Greg Lancette, President of the Central & Northern Building Trades. “From the opening of Point Place Casino in 2018 to the recently announced evolution of Turning Stone Resort Casino and this incredible new expansion, the Oneida Indian Nation’s investments continue to grow opportunities for workers with good-paying jobs throughout the region.”

News of the expansion was first shared yesterday by Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Turning Stone Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter with a select group of Point Place Casino team members in appreciation of all the team has done to make this transformation possible. In addition to its investments in capital projects at Point Place Casino, this expansion is also an investment in the Nation’s workforce, one of the largest in the region. Construction related to the expansion is estimated to create 250 construction and permanent full-time and part-time jobs. 

To download renderings and video footage from yesterday’s announcement at Point Place Casino, click HERE.

The expansion of Point Place Casino continues the Oneida Indian Nation’s historic track record of investments in its enterprises and communities throughout Central New York, the site of its ancestral homelands. In addition to the announcement of the largest evolution of Turning Stone Resort Casino in two decades this summer, major recent capital investment projects from the Nation include the creation of The Lake House at Sylvan Beach in 2020 and the grand opening of The Cove at Sylvan Beach, a lakeside vacation destination, in 2021. With these investments in capital spending and workforce development, the Oneida Indian Nation continues its commitment to the economic success and well-being of all who live and work in the communities of Central New York.

To view this press release online, click here.

About the Oneida Indian Nation

The Oneida Indian Nation is a federally recognized Indian nation in Central New York. A founding member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy), the Oneida Indian Nation sided with the Americans in the Revolutionary War and was thanked by Congress and President George Washington for its loyalty and assistance. Today, the Oneida Indian Nation consists of about 1,000 enrolled Members, most of them living in Central New York. The Nation’s enterprises, which employ more than 4,500 people, include Turning Stone Resort Casino, YBR Casino & Sports Book, Point Place Casino, The Lake House at Sylvan Beach, The Cove at Sylvan Beach, Maple Leaf Markets, SāvOn Convenience stores, and Verona Collective, a seed-to-sale cannabis operation, RV Park, and marinas. Proceeds from these enterprises are used to rebuild the Nation’s economic base and provide essential services, including housing, health care, and education incentives and programs, to its Members.

About Turning Stone Enterprises

Turning Stone Enterprises is the parent organization for all business operations of the Oneida Indian Nation. One of the largest employers in Central New York with more than 4,500 employees, Turning Stone Enterprises’ portfolio of hospitality, gaming and recreational destinations includes Turning Stone Resort Casino, YBR Casino & Sports Book, Point Place Casino, The Lake House at Sylvan Beach, The Cove at Sylvan Beach, Maple Leaf Market and SavOn convenience stores, an RV park, two marinas, a hunting preserve and salmon-fishing destination, and Wáhta’ Maple Farm. Collectively, these properties offer guests from across the region and around the world five award-winning hotels, nearly 30 signature restaurants and dining venues, two spas, five golf courses, Las Vegas-style casino gaming, a state-of-the-art sports betting lounge, two concert venues and several nightlife venues.

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