The Osage Nation broke ground Tuesday a new Osage Casino in Bartlesville and Pawhuska, projects that the tribe has been planning sine seven years ago.
Announced last year, the project will both relocate and expand the Osage Nation’s existing casinos in Pawhuska and outside Bartlesville in Osage County.
Per Osage Casinos CEO Byron Bighorse:
“We received approval for both applications last summer and immediately got to work on adjusting the scope of the properties to accommodate today’s construction costs. Demand in both markets continues to rise, and I am proud that we worked together as an enterprise to see this come to fruition.”
Expected to Open in the Fall of 2022
The two casino projects have been in the works for years. The Osage Nation applied with the United States Department of Interior to transfer the Bartlesville property to a federal trust for use in gaming in 2014, while an application for the Pawhuska property was filed two years later.
The transfers were approved last June and in April 2021, the tribe approved credit agreements for the construction of the two projects.
Both the Bartlesville and Pawhuska locations will have hotels, pools, spas, fitness areas, and a meeting space which are not in the current casino locations. While completion of the projects were delayed in the throughout the planning process, both are expected to open in the fall of 2022.
New Casino Locations
The New Bartlesville casino is located at a 125-acre property at 1803 US Highway 60, less than two miles west of downtown. It will have 57,400 square feet of gaming area with 500 slot machines. Currently, the existing Bartlesville casino has 42,000 square feet of gaming area and 44o video slots.
Meanwhile, the Pawhuska location is at a 60-acre plot at 1421 John Dahl Ave., across Oklahoma 60 from its current location. The new property will have a 40-room hotel, 3,675 square feet of meeting space, and 250 electronic games.
Both casinos were originally planned to be larger but with the current construction costs, the tribe decided to reduce their scope.