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California: Agua Caliente Casino project still on track to open by the end of 2020



he new Agua Caliente Casino project in Cathedral City, California, is on track to being completed by the end of the year despite the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“As far as the speed goes, we just have a great crew, a great team, they’re very efficient, they work quickly. We have about 165 to 190 workers here on a daily basis,” Reid Milanovich, Vice Chairman of Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, told NBC Palm Springs.

“It’s going to help increase the momentum to what we’ve already built within our arts and entertainment district, it’s going to complement the Mary Pickford Movie Theatre. The casino is just going to make it even better,” said Stone James, Economic Development Director with Cathedral City.

The Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians broke ground in early November 2019 starting what they called a large scale investment. With 500 slot machines and 8 table games, the casino will also feature retail stores and restaurants, but it’s not confirmed yet what shops and good eats the casino will feature.

“We’re going to have two restaurants in here, one is going to be our sports bar, very similar to 360 Sports Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage and then we’ll have a sit-down cafe and we can release those names at a later time down the road,” said Milanovich.

Another big attraction will be the indoor/outdoor pavilion. As the project moves along, the casino is keeping COVID-19 in mind. “We’ll make minor adjustments here and there to reflect the environment moving forward. The most positive feedback we’ve been getting especially from people who have seen these renderings is this outdoor area,” said Milanovich. He said they are on track to achieve their goal of opening by the end of 2020.

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