Seneca Gaming Corp. officials plan to officially open the new $40 million expansion at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino later in the spring, but the first aspects of the project will be available to the public much sooner.
The entertainment and casino arm of the Seneca Nation of Indians is building a two-story addition to the downtown Buffalo casino, located on South Park and Michigan avenues.
The 28,500-square-foot expansion will include 360 more slot machines and 10 table games, as well as a high-limit gambling room for both tables and slots, and a non-smoking area for gaming. That will give the casino a total of 1,200 slot machines and 32 tables, while increasing the overall size of the facility by 42 percent to 95,500 square feet.
Plans also include a small performance stage for live entertainment at the Stixx Sports Bar, additional banquet and casino space on the second floor, and a new WD Bar and Grille on the second floor, modeled after the successful Western Door Steakhouse at the Seneca Niagara and Seneca Allegany casinos.
Construction continues on the new space, including completion of the main gaming floor expansion, the high-limit area, additional dining options, a new retail location and back-of-the-house operational and office functions, spokesman Phil Pantano said. These will be finished over the coming weeks.
But the new entrance lobby – with a dramatic digital video display – is already finished at the corner of Michigan and South Park, as is the casino's first non-smoking gaming area, part of the main gaming floor addition and the WD Bar & Grille. These are now open for use, Pantano said.