Niagara Gazette — Change is in the air at Seneca Niagara Casino — literally.
A major component of a $26 million upgrade to the facility shown off by casino and Seneca Nation officials on Wednesday is a nearly $6 million upgrade of the air quality system.
The new system, which is fully installed and will be fully operational over the coming weeks, can handle double the capacity of air flow, bringing abundant outside air into the casino and improving overall air quality throughout the entire property.
The air of change is quite visible in the main gaming area. Officials took the wraps off large glittering sections of completed upgrades on Wednesday.
Changes include new slot displays and contemporary table game layouts and canopies, each complemented by plush new furniture and enhanced lighting, helping to create a distinctly energetic atmosphere across the 88,000-square-foot area, casino officials said.
A brand-new Keno Bar has been created adjacent to the entrance to Thunder Falls Buffet, while a larger, brighter Player’s Club booth, located in the southeast corner of the gaming floor, has prominent signage, an easily accessible location, and includes more stations for customer service.
Officials said a key to the design is a new layout with wider, more open walkways, which allow for easier navigation. Aesthetic changes also include new, richly-colored carpeting, covering a total area of approximately two acres, brighter lighting and fresh wall coverings.
The gaming floor renovations were designed by SOSH Architects, one of the nation’s premier gaming and hospitality architects, while Seneca Construction Management Corporation is overseeing the construction. More than 300 construction jobs and more than 100,000 man-hours will be created by the time the entire project is complete.
“Our ongoing investments in our properties continue to drive economic benefits and job creation throughout the region,” said Kevin W. Seneca, chairman of the Seneca Gaming Corporation board of directors. “From the guests who visit us, to our employees and the contractors and business partners who help us build and operate, Seneca casinos continue to play an important role in our area’s economy and resurgence.”
With many of the major renovations complete, construction crews will now focus on the creation of a new feature bar and live entertainment stage in the southwest corner of the gaming floor. The new space will be furnished with a dance floor, lounge seats, a circular bar with 20 tabletop video gaming units and a large high-definition jumbo video wall, creating a natural focal point of activity and excitement on the gaming floor, according to a release.
To make way for the new feature bar, Club 101, the bar and live entertainment stage located in the center of the gaming floor, will be closed and dismantled in early January. The entire renovation program is expected to be complete in the spring of 2014.