Agua Caliente Breaks Ground on Cathedral City Casino

Not only is the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians bringing a 10,000-seat, privately financed $250 million sports and entertainment arena to Tribal land in downtown Palm Springs, the Tribe is also constructing its large-scale cultural center and spa complex in downtown Palm Springs at the site of the Tribe’s historic hot spring. Most recently, though, the Tribe broke ground on its third casino. According to Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe, the gaming facility in Cathedral City, California, will be a “neighborhood casino for locals.” 

Yesterday’s groundbreaking ceremony was attended by elected officials such as Cathedral City Mayor Mark Carnavale, County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, and Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley.

Chairman Grubbe called the project the “result of that government-to-government relationship — working with Cathedral City for the benefit of the community, not just for the Tribe, not just the city, but all of us together.”

The event included a release of the architectural renderings of the approximately 100,000 square foot casino. 

“I think [it] will only improve the city and the appearance, so it should drive traffic to all businesses,” said Charles Sanders, a manager at a local business, The Works Floor and Wall.

The Band also operates the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage and the Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs. 

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Groundbreaking and construction on the Tribe’s proposed Palms Springs arena is slated for February 2020. The arena is forecasted to open by fall 2021. Those plans are bolstered by a partnership with Live Nation to bring entertainment to the hockey arena. “This is a unique partnership that will forever change the face of sports and entertainment in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley,” Chairman Grubbe said at the time. “We are creating a healthy community gathering place for Coachella Valley families and visitors from around the world to celebrate, play and experience diverse entertainment opportunities in a state-of-the-art arena.”

RELATED: Agua Caliente to Build Palm Springs Entertainment & Ice Hockey Arena 

Construction also continues on the Tribe’s Agua Caliente Cultural Center in downtown Palm Springs, which will feature a new state-of-the-art museum and world-class spa opening in 2020. 

The new Agua Caliente Cultural Center, expected to open in 2020, will feature a museum, an outdoor oasis trail and gathering plaza, and a bathhouse and day spa at the site of the Tribe’s revered Hot Mineral Spring.

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