Niagara Gazette — The inside of Seneca Niagara Casino will soon have a new look and feel thanks to a multi-million renovation effort.
Leaders from the Seneca Nation of Indians and the Seneca Gaming Corp. have announced plans to invest $26 million in a redesign of the main casino floor and an upgrade to the building's air quality systems.
The overall improvements will also involve a $2.9 million "garden makeover" at Seneca Square, the area formerly known as E. Dent Lackey Plaza which is located outside the casino's main entrance between Third and Fourth streets.
Seneca leaders and gaming officials said they're hoping the project will improve not only the look, but also the feel of the now decade-old gaming facility.
"It's time to breath new life in the place where it all started," said Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder Sr.
The project represents the first major renovation inside the casino since the building's 2002 transformation from the old Niagara Falls Civic and Convention Center into a Class III gaming facility. The latest renovation effort is expected to create a total of 300 construction jobs, with 120 workers on site during peak times.
The main component focuses on a redesign of the layout of the casino's 88,000-square-foot main gaming floor, an area roughly equivalent to two acres or two football fields.
The work will not involve installation of new gaming machines as much as it will reconfiguration of the ones already located on the gaming floor. Those machines will be re-installed with new bases and chairs as part of the project.
The biggest change gaming floor change will be removal of Club 101, the combination bar and entertainment stage currently located at the center of the casino.
Under the new plans, the casino's new main bar and entertainment area will be located in the southwest corner of the non-smoking section. The area will feature a live entertainment stage, dance floor, lounge seats, circular bar with 20 tabletop video gaming units and a 40-by-20 feet, high-definition, jumbo video screen.