Elite Casino Resorts has now submitted its paperwork for its Nebraska gaming license application to build and operate Grand Island’s Fonner Park.
The Iowa-based company and Fonner Park are hoping for a speedy response to the application.
Elite Casino Resorts CEO Dan Kehl said: “Should approval be received, Grand Island Casino Resort at Fonner Park will open as a temporary casino inside the existing Fonner Park facility by late 2022 with 300 slot machines, five table games and a grab-and-go dining option.”
The build for the permanent casino should start in 2023 with completion sometime in 2025. The resort will offer a 37,000-square-foot casino floor with 650 slot machines and 20 table games, a sports book and four restaurants including a rooftop dining experience, a show lounge and sports bar, a 116-room boutique hotel, a salon and spa, gift shop and indoor and outdoor pool with ‘an expansive deck, and a 400-stall parking garage.’
“The project will provide a seamless connection to the existing grandstand at the horse track while also providing great views to the state fair grounds on the west and the horse races on the east, becoming an entertainment hub to all elements of Fonner Park.”
In April last year, Fonner Park CEO Chris Kotulak said: “The Elite Casino Resorts team has a history of taking care of their employees and being involved in the communities in which they operate,” Kotulak said at the time. “They reinvest in their properties and take pride in the services they deliver to their guests. We could not ask for a better operator or a better partner for our community. And finally, the Elite Casino Resorts facilities and amenities are world class. This is the partner we want for our community.”
Elite Casino Resorts already runs three casino resorts in Iowa; Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, Rhythm City Casino Resort and Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort in Larchwood.