For the first time ever, you can catch an Arizona Cardinals’ game, buy a new wardrobe, enjoy a meal with friends, and now, gamble at Desert Diamond Casino – West Valley. The opening of the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise’s new facility will allow residents and visitors to try their luck at one of more than a thousand gaming devices starting Dec. 20.
This comes as long-awaited good news for the West Valley. With no gaming options in the area, residents have had to travel to other parts of the greater Phoenix area. With doors opening this month, Desert Diamond will afford residents the ability to play their favorite games without the aggravation of driving far.
But the convenience isn’t the only reason residents are applauding this early opening. Since breaking ground in August 2014, more than 1,300 men and women have been hired to complete the first phase of the facility—providing more than 80 companies the opportunity to put their employees to work. As the holidays approach, residents are finally finding work, many providing for their families after months or even years of being unemployed.
“It means the world to me to finally get back on my feet for me and my five children. To be able to support them and not have to ask for assistance from anybody,” said Daniel C. from Avondale, a newly hired employee at Desert Diamond Casino – West Valley.
This first phase of the facility—costing approximately $200 million to complete—will initially open as a Class II property. Andy Asselin, CEO of the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise, noted that the high demand by the public for Desert Diamond to open its doors led the Enterprise to make this decision.
“We’ve heard from West Valley residents loud and clear. They want this open!” Asselin said. “We are making that happen by first starting as a Class II and then transitioning to Class III as we expand the facility.”
Guests won’t even know the difference, Asselin added. Starting on Dec. 20, visitors to the property can play on any of the 1,089 gaming devices on the casino floor which include fan-favorites IGT’s Wheel of Fortune, Bally’s Buffalo along with 88 Fortunes, Aristocrat’s 5 Dragons Legends, and Everi’s Smokin’ 777. A two-venue food court will also be up and running in time for opening day.
Touted as only the start of something much bigger, Desert Diamond Casino – West Valley will eventually expand as additional phases are complete. The final product will include a large primary gaming floor that will house a bingo hall and a poker room, in addition to a full-service hotel with a spa, restaurants, retail space, and other amenities.
With all of this, it’s no wonder the facility is a welcome addition to the Entertainment District.
The upcoming phases are another win for the West Valley, especially for those looking for work. Once fully complete, Desert Diamond Casino – West Valley will create 3,000 permanent jobs and generate more than $300 million in annual economic impacts for the state.
Desert Diamond Casino – West Valley is located at 9431 W. Northern Ave., just east of Loop 101 near Glendale and Peoria. Guests can sign up for a free Rewards Card at the casino’s Rewards Center starting December 20.. More information can be found on Desert Diamond Casino & Entertainment’s website www.ddcaz.com