The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe officially opened the new Muckleshoot Casino Resort earlier this month at the Muckleshoot Events Center in Auburn.
The new addition includes an 18-story hotel with 401 smoke-free rooms, including 27 suites; an expanded casino floor; an indoor pool; a luxurious spa; and a gourmet rooftop steakhouse called Smoke & Cedar with views of Mount Rainier.
The grand opening celebration for the general public kicks off on Friday, Jan. 26, and runs through Jan. 28, with weekend festivities including performances by comedian David Spade (tickets are $75 to $125) and classic rock band Blue Oyster Cult (tickets are $60 t0 $90). Guests can enter to win thousands in cash, free plays and free stays at the new resort, plus $100,000 toward a new car.
Rooms are booked for the nights of Jan. 26 and 27. Room rates in February range from $189 to $349 per night depending on the date, according to the Muckleshoot website. Monday nights have the lowest rate with Friday and Saturday nights the highest.
Amidst showers of confetti, the booming of CO2 cannons, and vibrant LED displays to stir the crowd, tribal council members cut the ribbon on Jan. 3. There can be no overestimating the importance of the day, tribal leaders said during the ceremony.
“From a whisper to a resort, we have built the next level of experience for regional tourism here in the PNW,” said Yvonne Johnson, Muckleshoot Casino director of resort operations. “The addition of a dynamic resort experience to Muckleshoot Casino exemplifies the Muckleshoot Tribe’s unwavering commitment and dedication to developing unmatched guest experiences.”
Esteemed tribal members and honored veterans were there to see it happen. Traditional drummers led a veterans honor guard march, accompanied by a tribal prayer and a traditional song and dance from the Canoe family.
Speakers commemorated the occasion, underscoring the significance of this moment in the tribe’s history.