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Buffalo casino expansion to open today

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An expansion of the temporary Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino will open today. Photo by Derek Gee/ Buffalo News file photo

BUFFALO -- A $9 million expansion that added 223 slot machines to the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino will be unveiled this afternoon.

Officials from the Seneca Gaming Corp. and the Seneca Nation of Indians are scheduled to attend an afternoon ceremony to mark the completion of the casino expansion.

Work began in October on the expansion of the temporary Buffalo facility at Michigan Avenue and Perry Street to add 5,300 square feet of gaming space. The expanded casino brings the total number of slot machines at the Buffalo site to 455, according to Seneca Gaming Corp. reports.

Construction was halted in 2008 on the construction of a 22-story permanent Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino & Hotel as a nationwide slump in gambling revenues hit the industry.

The project was suspended indefinitely along with plans to expand the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel.

See the casino expansion and hear what Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder Sr. said today in this video:

-- Denise Jewell Gee

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