KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. — The Catawba Nation announced it will fast-track the opening of the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort in Kings Mountain by opening a “pre-launch” facility this summer with 500 slot machines for guests to use.
Officials say this pre-launch facility, made of prefabricated modular structures, will allow for revenue to start coming in, and provides an opportunity for guests to game with food and beverage options on sale starting this summer.
“With the completion of our compact with the State of North Carolina, the Catawba Nation is eager to open the casino as quickly as possible to begin bringing economic benefits and jobs to the state and region,” Catawba Chief Bill Harris says. “We’re working with Delaware North, our consultant on the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort project, as well as our developer, Skyboat Gaming, to make that happen by opening what we are calling a ‘pre-launch’ facility this summer.”
Officials say an introductory phase of the full casino is still planned, featuring an additional 1,300 slot machines to be built within a year, and will be a permanent structure that will become part of the full casino.
“It makes sense to have the temporary pre-launch facility to start, and it will continue to operate during the construction of the introductory phase and possibly subsequent phases,” says Brian Hansberry, president of Delaware North’s gaming business. “It gives us a place to teach incoming staff and accommodates people in the region who are anxious to start gaming this summer.”
The $273 million dollar casino resort project is expected to create more than 2,600 permanent jobs as well as thousands of construction jobs in the region, according to officials.
Officials say the 17-acre casino site located off Dixon School Road in Kings Mountain in Cleveland County is only a 35 mile drive for west Charlotte residents.
“This project will prove to be a long-lasting and sustainable economic engine for the residents of Cleveland County, we are excited about the expedited timeline” says Cleveland County Commissioner Johnny Hutchins.
In addition to creating revenue for the state of North Carolina, officials say the new casino will help support an education fund that will benefit environmental conservation, provide educational support for members of federal and state-recognized tribes, support local communities on economic development initiatives, and provides employment opportunities on or near Catawba lands.