Indiana Horse Racing Commission

Will Rogers Downs Completes $5 Million Facelift

Will Rogers Downs

Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs is welcoming gaming and horse racing fans alike with a fresh face. The casino and racetrack underwent extensive renovations to provide guests an even better entertainment experience.

Guests can now enjoy an upgraded dance floor and entertainment venue, an impressive bar, a new gaming floor and simulcast area, as well as beautifully redone banquet space. A total of $5 million was invested to make 43,000 square feet of renovations to the casino.

“The feedback we’ve received from our guests made the investment worth it,” said Rusty Stamps, general manager of Will Rogers Downs. “The upgrades offer a high-quality experience for new guests, while our loyal customer base is overjoyed with the improvements to their favorite horse racing facility.”

The gaming floor offers 250 electronic games in a new location on the south side of the casino. The new layout offers a more cohesive gaming experience for guests and has created the opportunity to introduce some game variety.

The popular simulcast viewing area has been relocated to the northwest corner of the casino and features numerous large screen TVs and seating for more than 100 racing fans. The décor throughout the casino has a new-age rustic charm.

The Horseshoe banquet space can accommodate 150 additional race fans during major events like the recent Kentucky Derby. The indoor paddock observation area is just off the new simulcast room and offers a VIP view to the paddock area.

The Dog Iron Grill now features two seating areas with room for nearly 90 patrons near the main entrance of the casino.

“At Cherokee Nation Entertainment, we always strive to uphold our position as the market leader for gaming and entertainment,” said Shawn Slaton, CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “We feel this upgrade streamlines our racing facility with our other casinos and gives it the look and experience our guests have come to appreciate from our brand.”

Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs opened December 2005. It features six months of live horse racing comprised of a spring Thoroughbred meet and fall Quarter Horse meet. Simulcast racing from around the world is broadcast year round inside the casino.

(from Will Rogers Downs news release)

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