The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians cut the ribbon Wednesday on a $50 million expansion of its Valley View Casino & Hotel in San Diego. The project included expanded gaming space and the addition of more dining facilities, among other things.
Construction work on the property’s expansion kicked off 18 months ago. Wednesday’s opening of the new and expanded facilities marked the culmination of a larger casino expansion drive in the San Diego area in recent years.
Aside from Valley View’s $50 million project, the region saw more than $1.5 billion being spent on expansion and upgrades of some of its most popular properties in the area, including Harrah’s Resort Southern California, Pechanga Resort & Casino, Viejas Casino & Resort, and Sycuan Casino Resort.
Valley View features a casino, multiple dining options, a 105-room non-smoking hotel for people aged over 21, and North County, California’s only infinity pool. The property’s $50 million expansion created 100 new jobs. Including the new positions, the number of people employed at the resort currently stands at around 950.
Commenting on their recently unveiled expansion, Valley View Director of Hotel Operations and Player Development Ian Williams said that the project “definitely positions us for the higher end – a little more upscale, a little younger.”
“It just sets us up to compete with any casino in Las Vegas and any casino in San Diego.”
It took 18 months for the expansion project to be finalized. San Pasqual Casino Development Group, the gaming arm of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, had tapped construction management firm Swinerton for the scheme.
The plan included the addition of 25,000 square feet of gaming space with 250 new slot machines and 11 new table games. The new gambling machines brought the casino’s total to 2,000, while the newly added table games doubled the previous number.
Valley View’s casino floor sports a new entrance with high ceiling and an indoor water wall for natural light. The $50 million project also included renovation of the existing 100,000-square-foot casino and restaurant space. The 65,000-square-foot gaming floor, the property’s non-smoking casino area as well as the high-limit area and VIP lounge were all upgraded with new ceiling tiles carpeting, lighting, pillars, signs, and new TVs.
A new slot tournament area and a new players club were also part of the new additions to the property’s gambling offering.
Valley View renovated its entire buffet restaurant, enlarging its seating capacity by 100 more seats for a total of 600, adding new menu offerings, and updating furnishings. The project further involved a complete renovation of Valley View’s BLD Restaurant, which was rebranded as The Café.
The expansion saw the addition of a new restaurant and bar called Patties & Pints. It serves eight different kinds of burgers, nine varieties of pizza, 16 beers on tap, and 17 kinds of ice cream shakes, among other offerings.
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