The new Soboba Casino is opened, and instead of old tent structure, there is a 480,000-square-foot casino resort which includes a casino, casino bars, sports lounge, food venues, event venue, hotel, parking spaces and so much more. Soboba Casino, owned by the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, has been operating since 1995, and due to this new property in San Jacinto, California, the old venue was closed and its future will be decided by Soboba Economic Development Corporation.
Previous to the opening, Isaiah Vivanco, Vice Chairman for the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians elaborated that, in addition to one of a kind experience they’ll be offering to players or guests in general, their goal is to enhance the local economy. Furthermore, the construction of new facilities gives room for future expansion. He also said that apart from luxurious accommodations, they’ll leave signs and pictures from the old casino as a way to display their tribe’s history.
New Facilities’ Capacity
The Soboba Casino Resort is in San Jacinto, California, a mile away from the former location. As mentioned above, it’s a 480,000-square-foot casino resort with 140,000 square-foot casino, including 90,000 square-foot gaming floor, 2,000 slot machine and 32 table games. The facilities also comprise of casino bars, sports lounge, high roller room, noodle restaurant, food court, café open 24/7 and 15,000 square-foot event venue. Hotel, on the other hand, has 200 guest rooms, conference center, pool, and gym. The resort counts 2000 parking spaces.
Aside from casino and hotel services, Soboba Casino Resort offers fitness center or to people who prefer golf, Soboba Springs Golf Course.
Opposite to old venue, new resort brings various options when it comes to dining, café and refreshments. For example, 24-hour café has a golf course view, cozy chairs and brick wall interior décor. Adaptations concerning air changes were also incorporated on the new premises in order to make sure fresh air pumps in several times per hour.
For the players willing to wager bigger amounts, there is a high roller gaming room with slots, table games, blackjack and baccarat included.
A decision to open Soboba Casino Resort may have been a way to improve their operations due to close by competitive casino resorts and their expansion plans. One of them, more precisely the Pechanga Resort Casino, has made $300 million expansion while San Manuel Casino plan involves the addition of parking garage, an entertainment venue with 3000 seats and a hotel with 450 rooms.
Soboba Tribal Council Vice Chairman Isaiah Vivanco said that the Council hopes that the casino will become an economic engine for the entire valley. Vivanco hopes that the valley will be able to capitalize on the huge potential of the resort and finally get a solid economic standing as there is little else going on in the valley at this time.
According to Vivanco, during construction, there were about 5000 on-site jobs with approximately 850 000 man hours. In the resort, 654 positions were added and he estimates, there will be more. As he also mentioned, there is enough space which can be adjusted, specially designed in anticipation of growth.