Choctaw Nation targets popular Broken Bow area for new play complex

The Choctaw Nation plans to create a $165 million games and entertainment center near an Oklahoma tourist destination popular with North Texans.

The tribe said Friday it would open a four-story, 202,000-square-foot resort in Hochatown, Okla., about two hours west of its signature casino in Durant and near Broken Bow Lake and Beavers Bend. State Park. Development is expected to start this spring.

Close neighbor of Hochatown, Broken Bow is considered the second fastest growing travel destination in the United States and attracts nearly 2 million visitors a year with outdoor activities like hiking, fishing and walking trails, according to the city website. Broken Bow is also home to the Gardner Mansion and Museum, a historic “Chief of the Choctaws” home that was built in 1884.

The new complex will include 100 hotel rooms, 600 slot machines and eight table games. Players in Texas and Oklahoma will also find new restaurants and bars, a swimming pool, an outdoor venue with an amphitheater, beer garden and a family-friendly play area. Choctaw also plans to build a 12,000 square foot business nearby with a small market and a gas station.

The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2023. It is expected to create 400 hospitality jobs in Hochatown, a former Choctaw Nation village.

Janie Dillard, chief executive of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, said the “booming” location has been in the sights of the tribe for years.

“We know what it can do for our tourism in Oklahoma, what it can do for our tribe,” said Dillard, who has been part of the Choctaw Nation for nearly 40 years. “It can definitely help grow and expand tourism and put more money into our state.”

Tourism generated $9.7 billion in direct visitor spending in 2019, according to the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation.

Dillard said Hochatown attracts more than a million tourists, many of whom come from surrounding areas like Broken Bow.

Friday’s announcement comes just months after the massive 21-story, $600 million Choctaw Sky Tower opened in August. The Sky Tower project created 1,200 new jobs.

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is opening a new entertainment center in Hochatown, Okla.

The Hochatown development will create more than 2,000 construction jobs, creating an economic impact of more than $211 million during the construction period, Oklahoma Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton said in a statement. .

Choctaw and other tribes pay a fee to the state of Oklahoma based on income from gaming activities. In fiscal 2021, fees increased 32% from 2020 figures. Choctaw paid more than $34 million.

In fiscal year 2022, The Choctaw Nation plans to spend $1.88 billion, including building 240 new homes. It also plans to create 879 new jobs.

Manhattan Construction Company and JCJ Architecture are the main partners of the Hochatown station. Both companies have worked on several Choctaw projects.

The Choctaw Nation is the third largest Indian nation in the United States with over 200,000 tribal members and over 10,000 associates.

“It’s not just a casino, it’s a cultural destination,” Dillard said. “And that’s what we want to bring to this whole area – to really bring the culture of the Choctaw Nation.”

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