A new $40 million expansion at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is set to open later this spring, according to Seneca Gaming Corp. officials. The finished product will be in stark contrast to the modest 133 slot machine, 5,000-square-foot casino it was upon opening in 2007.
The Expansion by the Numbers
The 28,500-square-foot expansion will bring the number of slot machines at the casino to over 1,100, including 32 table games. This includes 360 more slot machines and 10 more table games. Players will also be able to enjoy a new high-limit gambling room for tables and slots, as well as a non-smoking gaming area. The expansion will increase the size of the entire casino by 42 percent, bringing it to 95,000 square feet.
The Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino has been rolling out a series of renovations since it’s opening and the changes are paying off. In an interview with The Buffalo News, Kevin Seneca, vice chairman of the Seneca Gaming Corp.’s board of directors said, “You look back to what was here 10 years ago and there was nothing beside the grain towers.” Players can recognize the changes immediately upon entering the casino, where they are greeted by a 10-by-20 foot video screen which shows casino information as well as information on the Seneca Nation Indians with which the casino is affiliated.
Seneca Buffalo Creek’s Influence on the Area
Seneca believes the casinos success is a win-win for the city of Buffalo and Western New York as the casino draws an estimated 3 million visitors each year. The Seneca casino provides millions of dollars from slot machine revenue to the state. Just last year, Buffalo received $6 million from the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino. Aside from those benefits, the new expansion project will add 300 permanent jobs in addition to the 440 construction jobs that have been created for the work being done to complete the project.
In addition to the new gambling areas, the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino has added a new steakhouse. The WD Bar and Grille is open at 5 p.m. for dinner seven nights a week. The 100-seat restaurant provides visitors with a second-floor view of nearby grain elevators as well as downtown Buffalo. Weather permitting, visitors may also enjoy the outdoor patio, which includes two gas-fired fire pits. The WD Bar and Grille is already open to players and soon The Creek, a casual sit-down breakfast, lunch and dinner will also be opening on the first floor.
There is no set date for when the $40 million expansion will be complete, but a number of the new areas are already open to players and the response has been positive. Joanne Isreal, the general manager of the casino, expressed that the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is happy to be apart of the community’s revitalization. As more tourist come to the area the casino is happy to showcase its rich history, while also generating revenue for the community.