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Sky River Casino Announces and Outlines Expansion Plans as it Continues to Set New Standards of Excellence in Industry

Photo courtesy of Sky River Casino; Jesus Tarango, Chairman of Wilton Rancheria and "Blackjack" the eagle

Today, Wilton Rancheria and their partner Boyd Gaming Corporation formally announced and outlined exciting expansion plans for the Sky River Casino, which first opened on August 15, 2022. Conveniently located just off Highway 99 in Elk Grove, future expansion plans for Sky River Casino include an expanded gaming floor, additional High Limit room, a 300-room state-of-the-art hotel, luxurious spa, spectacular outdoor pool, and an innovative meeting, event and entertainment space. As an architectural highlight, a dramatic hotel atrium ceiling will allow for breathtaking views of the sky above – one of many features that pay tribute to the Tribe’s close connection to nature.

With work planned to begin on a new parking structure this year, the ambitious expansion plans will roll out in two construction phases as outlined below:

Phase 1 Expansion Plans

  • Multi-story, 1,600 space parking garage
  • Enhanced Valet service area and new Porte Cochere

Phase 2 Expansion Plans

  • 300-room state-of-the-art hotel
  • Outdoor pool
  • Day spa
  • Multi-use event and entertainment space
  • 400 additional slot gaming options
  • Additional, elevated High Limit and VIP gaming area

While timing is subject to change based on construction, availability of materials, and weather- related variables, Phase I is expected to be completed by summer 2025 and Phase 2 by early 2027.

“We are very proud of what we have created – and continue to imagine – at Sky River Casino,” said Jesus Tarango, Wilton Rancheria Chairman. “With these expansion plans now firmly in process, the future is even brighter for the Elk Grove community, greater Sacramento area, and for generations of Wilton Rancheria people, the only federally recognized Tribe in Sacramento County. I want to thank the Tribal Elders and citizens of Wilton Rancheria for their support. We would also like to gratefully acknowledge the invaluable support extended by the City of Elk Grove, Sacramento County, and our state leaders, along with the incredible reception by an amazing and welcoming Northern California community.”

Wilton Rancheria currently possesses nearly 140 acres of land, including Sky River Casino and the parcels surrounding it. This includes 77 acres of the Tribe’s traditional Rancheria land which was recently put into federal trust with plans to develop Tribal services and preserve its great cultural legacy.

“These expansion plans for Sky River will continue to set new standards of excellence for casino experiences not only in the Sacramento area but throughout Northern California and beyond,” said Sky River Casino President Michael J. Facenda. “Once we have a world class hotel, event space and other highly desirable amenities, we will offer a destination of appeal to guests who will travel in search of elevated experiences that are highlighted by lively gaming and entertainment, amazing culinary options, upscale overnight accommodations, and relaxing environments.”

Currently, Sky River Casino employs approximately 1,600 team members (more than half of whom are Charter Team Members who have been with Sky River since before doors opened nearly two years ago). With these expansion plans, approximately 200 new job opportunities will be created to accommodate the new offerings, amenities, and experiences.

For more information about Sky River Casino and its offerings, please call 916-866-0200 or visit www.SkyRiver.com. For more information about Wilton Rancheria, please visit www.WiltonRancheria-nsn.gov.

About the author

Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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