Gila River commemorates milestone with $180m Sunrise opening

Gila River Hotels & Casinos is set to host a celebratory weekend this month at the Wild Horse Pass to mark the completion of its $180m expansion and opening of the Sunrise tower. 

Taking place on January 21-22, the entity will be unveiling its revamped look and amenities – the first in 27 years – with multiple events over the weekend to commemorate the milestone. 

Kenneth Manuel, CEO of Gila River Resorts & Casinos, said guests can expect an “elevated experience” with the latest brand at all Gila River properties; Wild Horse Pass and Lone Butte in Chandler, Vee Quiva in the West Valley, and Santan Mountain, in the Southeast Valley, which is slated to open in 2023.

“We are truly excited to introduce ourselves as Gila River Resorts & Casino,” claimed Manuel. “Throughout the past several years, we have been creating a destination packed with thrilling entertainment and new ways to play so that guests can come as they are and own their moment. 

“From our new Las Vegas-style live table games, exciting nightlife, and the addition of our BetMGM Sportsbooks to new fine dining options, spacious rooms, and a variety of serene and secluded pools, Gila River Resorts & Casinos provides guests with a casino resort experience like no other.”

Partnering with Sundt Construction, TynanGroup and Friedmutter Group, Gila River broke ground on the $180m resort property expansion in August 2020. It was the first expansion project since the property opened in 2009. 

The 11-story Sunrise tower, connected to the Sunset tower, rises 150 feet over the desert landscape. The Sunrise tower features 205 new guest rooms and suites for a total of 447 rooms at the resort. 

Resort guests arriving at Wild Horse Pass will notice a newly renovated lobby entrance, which features a chandelier atop the bucking horse sculpture as a centerpiece as well as art lining the walls from Gila River Indian Community artists. 

In addition, the resort now features 18,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and 7,000 square feet of outdoor meeting space.

All three of the firm’s properties will also include live table games, including roulette, baccarat, craps, poker and slots. 

As “Arizona’s Official Sports Headquarters,” Gila River Resorts & Casinos has also recently opened BetMGM Sportsbooks at all three properties, where resort guests can view and bet on games from all major US leagues and international sporting events.