A Piece of Choctaw Casino & Resort’s History Comes Down After Nearly Two Decades

Durant Casino’s Original Hotel, the Choctaw Inn, coming down to Make Way for Future of Choctaw’s Flagship Property. Photo Courtesy Choctaw Nation

Durant, OK – Choctaw Casino & Resort is removing a piece of history from its Durant casino property with the demolition of its original hotel, the Choctaw Inn, to make way for future development at the popular entertainment destination for North Texans and Southeast Oklahomans.

“We are sad to see the Inn go. It will always be an important part of our history and symbolize our beginnings and the start of our success in this casino and resort business,” said Heidi Grant, Executive Officer of Gaming & Hospitality for the Choctaw Nation Division of Commerce. “However, as we look to the future for the property, we know it is important to elevate our overall gaming and hospitality experience to meet the needs of our discerning guests who are looking for modern accommodations and exceptional service.”

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma built the Choctaw Inn in the early 2000s and the property has provided more amenities and updated hotel offerings for its guests as regional and national interest in the property has grown over the years. Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant was built in 2006 and the resort’s first resort hotel tower was built in 2010. As a part of a major property expansion in 2015, the resort opened the Spa Tower and most recently opened the 21-story luxury Sky Tower. As a part of this project, the original Grand Tower will undergo extensive remodeling this summer to bring the original tower to a similarly impressive aesthetic and comfort level of the new Sky Tower.

The demolition of the Choctaw Inn is the first phase of the Grand Tower remodel project and will be performed by Tutor Perini Building Corp. (TPBC). TPBC is a leading builder with a successful track record of work on large hospitality and gaming projects across the United States. The company has completed more than 30 such projects for various tribal nations over the past 25 years. 

About Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, OK: Located an hour north of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex lies a AAA Four Diamond resort and entertainment destination in southeastern Oklahoma. Choctaw Casino & Resort–Durant is a three-level convention/entertainment venue offering more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and convention space with seating for more than 3,000. Resort amenities include swimming, shopping, dining, a spa, and the region’s premier entertainment complex, The District, with dining, drinks, 20 bowling lanes, a 70-game arcade, and a state-of-the-art movie theater. In August 2021, a major expansion added the Sky Tower: 21 stories high featuring 1,000 new luxury hotel rooms, 3,300 additional slot machines, table games, a new poker room, new restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and three acres of swimming pools.

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