Omaha Tribe casino to reopen in new building
Editors Note Updates throughout with new information on new building, comments from marketing director.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ The Blackbird Bend casino in western Iowa, formerly CasinOmaha, is set to reopen in a brand-new building on Wednesday.
Table games, a restaurant and bar and gift shop are all coming back with the move to the new building, The Omaha World-Herald reported (http://bit.ly/1ecLQPp ).
The Omaha Tribe-owned casino, located in Onawa, Iowa, south of Sioux City, was shut down by Missouri River flooding in June 2011. The tribe reopened in a portion of the old building about a year ago while the new casino was under construction.
The new casino is next door to the old building, a portion of which will reopen in March as a bingo hall, marketing director Mike Krysl said.
``It's much like a phoenix rising out of the ashes,'' Krysl told the World-Herald. ``We like to think of this as a situation where a blackbird is rising out of the flood waters.''
The new building will sit 6 feet higher than the old casino to prevent future flooding, Krysl said.
About 140 people have been hired to staff the new casino, and a grand opening ceremony will be held Feb. 21.
Leaders from the Omaha Tribal Council will perform a cedar ceremony, a ritual intended to bless the new building.
Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com
By The Associated Press, Copyright 2014