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July 2, 2013

Seneca Niagara Casino getting $26M facelift

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The revamped gaming floor will also feature new carpeting and a "central gaming floor path" from the hotel to the Fourth Street entrance. In addition, the west entrance to the casino will be widened to "create an open and more welcoming experience" and a new Keno bar will be added at the entrance to the recently renovated Thunder Falls buffet. 

A significant improvement that won't be as immediately visible to visitors involves $6 million in upgrades to the existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. New air handling units and ductwork are being installed, with the new air supply units and a roof-mounted exhaust system helping to circulate more fresh air from the outside of the building, according to casino representatives. 

"We plan to give our guests an entirely new gaming experience," Snyder said. 

The Seneca Square upgrades are being billed as a separate project all their own. Seneca and gaming corporation officials said it will involve gardening and landscaping work carrying the "Seneca theme," added benches and signs and enhancements along the pedestrian bridge across from the casino entrance between Fourth and Third streets. 

"This will be a beautiful area for people to walk back and forth and we think it will enliven the community," said Cathy Walker, president and CEO of the gaming corporation. "We think this will become a hub. We know this will be a place where many people will want to take pictures because it's going to be such a wonderful experience." 

Following Tuesday's formal press conference, Snyder said he's relieved - and so are many other members of the nation and employees of the gaming corporation - to be able to talk about the long-standing casino cash dispute with the state in the past tense. 

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