Enterprise Rancheria, Seminole Tribe Celebrate ‘Topping Off’ of Joint Casino Near Sacramento

A construction milestone for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain commemorates the historic partnership between two Tribes: the Seminole Tribe of Florida, owners of the Hard Rock International brand, and the Enterprise Rancheria.

The Tribes held a “topping off” ceremony on February 13, meaning construction crews laid the final steel beam for the $440 million resort. A future landmark of Northern California, it’s forecasted to premier in fall of 2019. 

“This is truly a great day for our Tribe and community and for the workers, customers and business partners of our region,” said Enterprise Rancheria Tribal Chairperson Glenda Nelson. “Partnering with Hard Rock and the Seminole Tribe is a real game changer with their world-recognized brand, commitment to premium quality experiences across a full spectrum of hospitality and entertainment options, and unique corporate values make them a dream partner for us.”

Realizing a casino has been 17 years in the making for the approximately 1,000-member Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain—situated on 40 acres about 35 miles north of Sacramento, the state capital—will offer live music and entertainment, and exceptional hospitality, gaming and cuisine. An outdoor pool and deck area, large meeting space, as well as bars and restaurants, are anticipated to draw visitors from across the region and beyond. The property will also include signature brand amenities like the Rock Shop® and Body Rock® fitness center.  

Built in Wheatland, Yuba County, near the Toyota Amphitheatre, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain is expected to create more than 2,000 construction jobs upon its completion, with nearly 750 working at peak times on the project any given day. The development includes approximately 1,500 tons of steel (1/10th the weight of the Brooklyn Bridge steel), 15,000 cubic yards of concrete (if paved, would stretch to downtown Sacramento), 550 tons of rebar steel (laid from end to end, would stretch to San Francisco), 120 miles of electrical conduit, as well as 380 miles of wire and cabling (would stretch from Sacramento to Los Angeles) being used for the project. Upon opening later this year, the hotel-casino will employ over 1,000 full-time and part-time team members.

Sacramento residents will now have their choice of nearby gaming and entertainment destinations. The Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians and the United Auburn Indian Community also operate Sacramento area casinos: Cache Creek in Yolo County, and Thunder Valley in Lincoln, respectively. Thunder Valley Casino Resort recently expanded its hotel and debuted a larger poker room. More competition will come to the table with the Wilton Rancheria’s planned $400 million casino in Elk Grove—a city in Sacramento County, California, located less than a half-hour drive south of the state capital of Sacramento—slated to open in early 2020. Elk Grove Casino will be the nearest casino to downtown Sacramento, and home to the largest convention space outside of it. 

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