The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has hosted what it calls “an intimate ceremony,” to celebrate the topping-off of the seventeenth floor of the San Manuel Casino resort expansion project.

The socially-distanced event celebrated the final steel beam being put into place, just over 27 months after the project broke ground on July 25, 2018.

Several tribal leaders and executive leadership spoke to the small audience, including San Manuel Band of Mission Indians chairman Ken Ramirez and several members of the business committee. 

Furthermore, the event also saw the tribe detail an updated timeline for the phased opening of the expansion, with a three point plan outlined.

Phase one will see the opening of the casino’s expanded gaming space, as well as dining venues and retail outlets, in the summer of next year.

This will be followed by the debut of San Manuel’s first onsite hotel in the winter of 2021, with the facility to feature 429 rooms and suites, as well as additional food and beverage options, a full-service spa and a pool deck featuring its own bar and private cabanas.

Finally, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, who have partnered with Penta Construction for the expansion project, will open the event venue in 2022. The expansion is expected to add more than 2,000 new team members to its current headcount of 4,500.  

“This endeavour advances the continued development of our tribal government and economy, and as importantly, creates permanent jobs and opportunities for the region—which is our home,” commented Ken Ramirez, chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

“Today we take an important step toward these goals, and recognize the hard work of our team who is helping us get there. We look forward to sharing our Tribe’s vision of hospitality with our guests in this new expansion.”