Oneida’s Turning Stone Casino to begin largest expansion in two decades

Oneida Indian Nation has detailed an expansion project that the tribe has said will deliver the “largest expansion of Turning Stone Resort Casino in two decades”.

This will see a “massive multi-year project” be undertaken at the New York gaming establishment that will deliver a range of upgrades.

Among these will be a doubling of the venue’s existing convention and meeting space, as well as a new hotel with approximately 250 guest rooms, new dining options, outdoor spaces and additional amenities.

It is hoped that these additions will enable Turning Stone to attract extra regional and national events from across the country in a bid to further increase tourism to the region.

“As we begin our largest reinvestment in two decades, we embark upon a new chapter for our enterprises, ensuring that we remain one of the top event and tourism destinations in New York for decades to come,” explained Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Oneida Nation Enterprises CEO.

“Today we are experiencing record demand for hosting conferences and other events at Turning Stone that far outpaces our current hotel and convention facilities. 

“This extensive multi-year expansion project will help us meet this rising need and even greater demand in the future. Our 30-year track record has proven that investments like this are essential to sustain the growth and success of our enterprises and the entire region.”

The expansion project, said Oneida, will result in millions of dollars spent with local businesses and vendors, with the tribe’s spending over three decades to top $1bn once complete. 

Planning for the multi-year expansion is already underway with ground-breaking expected to take place in 2023.

“As one of the largest employers and key contributors for investments that bring millions of visitors to central New York every year, the Oneida Indian Nation has been a critical driver in the economic development of Oneida County,” added Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive. 

“This latest investment at Turning Stone Resort Casino – the largest in 20 years – expands on this partnership and, along with the Nexus Center, continues our shared goal for the revitalization of Oneida County. 

“We know that when the Oneida Indian Nation does well, Oneida County does well, and the expansion of Turning Stone will help grow this success with increased tourism, new jobs, and more.”