Arkansas is set to gain a new $225m casino resort development courtesy of a new link-up between Cherokee Nation Businesses and experiential services agency Legends.

Unveiling details of the “first-of-its-kind resort destination” to be located in Pope County, Legends Resort and Casino Arkansas is to be developed on a 130 acre site in Russellville.

Striving to deliver a world-class venue to the region, Legends Arkansas is to feature approximately 50,000 square feet of gaming space which is to accommodate 1,200 slot machines and 32 table games, as well as a sportsbook that is to be located within a high-end sports bar.

A luxury hotel will encapsulate 200 rooms, resort-style pool, spa and fitness center, with further plans seeing the construction of 15,000 square feet of mixed-use conference and entertainment space accommodating 1,000 people, RV park with 100 spots, outdoor water park, outdoor music venue and a plethora of culinary options.

Throughout the resort and casino property, guests will enjoy a celebration of Arkansas’ legendary figures in sports, music and entertainment, as well as local cuisine and landscape of The Natural State.

Shawn Slaton, CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses, explained: “Since submitting our initial application to the Arkansas State Racing Commission in May, we have remained fully committed to the people of Pope County and to taking our proposed development to the next level. 

“Today, with much excitement, we are pleased to unveil our plans. We’ve embraced the community’s feedback and are confident this resort destination brings something for everyone.

“Our teams at CNB and Legends take pride in being dedicated and trustworthy community partners with the proven experience to make this economic development project a success. We remain committed to earning the letters of support from local elected officials.”

The total statewide economic impact of Legends Resort and Casino Arkansas is projected to exceed $5bn in the first ten years and will generate more than 1,000 direct jobs; the estimated timeline for completion is 18 months.

 “From the onset, our goal in partnering with CNB has been to create a resort that truly offers something for everyone and provides an unmatched guest experience,” added Bill Rhoda, president of Legends’ global planning. “Most importantly, Legends Resort and Casino Arkansas will create a positive economic impact of benefit to Pope County and the state of Arkansas.”