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    Tulsa & Oklahoma City continues to build some quality projects. Hope the state rebounds from its deep deficit.

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    The crane was gone when I drove by on the Creek Turnpike back during 4th of July weekend. Looks great though!

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    Looks like from that aerial where the road is along the banks will be where they are moving the river jogging/bike trail which is a lot better location than it currently is along Riverside Dr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BG918 View Post
    Looks like from that aerial where the road is along the banks will be where they are moving the river jogging/bike trail which is a lot better location than it currently is along Riverside Dr.
    That is what I was thinking too. The stretch in front of the Casino was/is the worst part of the trail, especially from a safety point of view. Putting it against the water will also improve the view quite a bit (at least for users of the trail, hurts the view for the drivers ).

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    Ace on the river: Tulsa casino expansion nears completion

    By: Molly M. Fleming The Journal Record July 27, 2016

    TULSA – The 30,000-square-foot convention center at the River Spirit Casino Resort isn’t open yet, but it has events booked into 2021, said Adam Graham, resort sales manager at River Spirit.

    “A majority (of the conventions) are from Oklahoma,” Graham said. “There are some national events that go to a different city every year or every other year.”

    The convention center is part of the $365 million addition that’s been underway at River Spirit since 2014. The other amenities are a 483-room hotel, a Margaritaville casino and restaurant, a Landshark Lounge with a swim-up bar in the pool, a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, a 2,500-seat theater and a parking garage. The existing casino’s exterior was remodeled as well.

    The new Margaritaville casino, restaurant and garage will open Aug. 25. The steakhouse, hotel and theater will open in mid-December.

    Casino CEO Pat Crofts said tribal leaders started thinking about the expansion in 2009, when the Muscogee (Creek) Nation opened the River Spirit Casino in south Tulsa.

    “People wanted to book hotel rooms and we could only refer them to nearby hotels,” he said. “We started preparing for Phase II as soon as (Phase I) opened.”

    Crofts, Program Management Group Native co-owner Kirby Crowe and PMg Senior Program Manager Randy Hull discussed the project Wednesday at the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association conference in Tulsa. PMg served as the owner’s representative during the construction process.

    Before shovels could go in the ground, Crofts and the tribe had to come up with a plan. Crofts said casinos in Atlantic City have competed against each other by building larger and larger.

    “We knew we didn’t want to be a bigger box,” Crofts said. “We need to bring in a national or even international brand. We wanted to help the gaming and the hospitality market.”

    Besides the Margaritaville name, Ruth’s Chris was a big win and will be the brand’s first restaurant in Oklahoma. The closest locations are in Rogers, Arkansas, and Dallas.

    Since the addition was completed as one job, it made it into the construction record books as the state’s second-largest single construction project, falling behind the Devon Energy Center.

    But such a large project didn’t happen easily. Hull said the tribe had big demands. It wanted a regional destination that bettered the competition, stayed within budget, and didn’t disrupt the existing casino.

    Creating a large area would require a lot of land. However, the tribe’s property line went into the river, so the shoreline was rebuilt with 350,000 cubic tons of dirt from the river to create an additional 14 acres. This also freed up another 40 acres near the existing resort that the tribe could use in the future.

    The nearby Tulsa River Parks trail had to be realigned behind the property. There will be an entrance to the bar from the trails.

    In addition, PMg had to work with Margaritaville, making sure it met its brand standards. Hull said the company met monthly with the Margaritaville leaders so PMg could make sure everything was done properly first, rather than fixing it later.

    Also, the designers had to deal with the Federal Aviation Administration. With the Riverside Airport west of the casino, across the river, obstruction studies were required.

    Crowe said three obstruction studies were done, and they all said the 27-story tower was too tall.

    “That was one person’s opinion,” he said. “We would not stop.”

    As a licensed pilot, Crowe was familiar with the airport and was able to navigate his way through their concerns.

    All of the work was done without closing the existing casino floor. Crofts said gambling revenue grew in 2015.

    By Aug. 25, the resort will have two casino floors. Crofts said players often leave a resort when they are having bad luck, heading down the street to another casino. With two gambling areas, a player can just walk down the hall to find better luck.

    Crofts said the tribe is likely the first of more major commercial development along the river, especially once the south Jenks and Tulsa dams are completed. It will be the only bar along the river.

    Besides the real estate, the addition is expected to create 1,000 jobs. The Tulsa Regional Chamber estimated the project created 2,500 construction jobs and had a $305 million economic impact during the 24-month construction. It will have a $135 million ongoing economic impact annually.

    “You’ll see development in south Tulsa that probably would not have happened without us,” he said. “The impact is going to be significant for many, many years.”

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    Crofts said the tribe is likely the first of more major commercial development along the river, especially once the south Jenks and Tulsa dams are completed. It will be the only bar along the river
    They must've forgotten about the Blue Rose and Elwood's

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    The new Margaritaville Casino section and new entrance and restaurants opened today. The hotel tower opens in December.

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    How is it? Can we get any pictures whenever is convenient?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plutonic Panda View Post
    How is it? Can we get any pictures whenever is convenient?
    The new concert venue at Riverspirit Casino has announced its first shows. It’s called “Paradise Cove at Margaritaville-Riverspirit Casino” and will seat up to 3,000. The Margaritaville Casino and restaurant are open. The new hotel tower supposedly opens in December and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse opens in January.

    Here are the shows booked so far, lots of country music:
    1/6 – Chris Young
    1/14 – Charlie Wilson (The Gap Band)
    1/19 – Don Henley
    1/20 – Alan Jackson
    1/28 – Jimmy Buffett

    I’ll take some photos. They just finished enclosing the hotel tower in the last few weeks so December seems really soon to open to me.

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    Here's a photo the hotel. Some of the floors have had a soft opening already. They should have a formal opening in the next couple of weeks.


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    I love the drainage right in front of the hotel entrance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    I love the drainage right in front of the hotel entrance!
    I'm not certain but I thought I heard this was designed so that the river could backflow into the creek here once the low water dam is built downstream. That would definitely be more appealing though this Creek normally has some water in it and lots of water during storms.

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    Saw this ad tonight on TV.



    The ad seems to be targeted at people that are 50+ which seems like they're kind of limiting themselves. I would think you would wanna target anyone old enough to gamble. They should market it as a cool place to be so that younger people will want to go as well.

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    But younger people don't have nearly as much money to blow as people past 50 or 60 do.

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    They ought to advertise that in KS, MO, and AR (even TX) so they can bring those people in. I assume they are. There's enough in the area to do now. Flying Tee is across the river in Jenks, for example. Could make a nice weekend trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunty View Post
    But younger people don't have nearly as much money to blow as people past 50 or 60 do.
    If people in their 20s, 30s and 40s can afford trips to Vegas (and they can because I run across several that do) they can certainly afford to go to Tulsa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TU 'cane View Post
    They ought to advertise that in KS, MO, and AR (even TX) so they can bring those people in. I assume they are. There's enough in the area to do now. Flying Tee is across the river in Jenks, for example. Could make a nice weekend trip.
    Exactly why the Creek Nation wants to get the river dam built in this area. Then they can run water shuttles between the casino resort and Riverwalk Crossing/Flying Tee which is also owned by the Creek's. You also have the Oklahoma Aquarium across the river.

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    Tulsa takes on that look of a port city, really impressive.

    Tulsa has really began to follow right alongside OKC with some quality developments. Hooray, for both cities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BG918 View Post
    Exactly why the Creek Nation wants to get the river dam built in this area. Then they can run water shuttles between the casino resort and Riverwalk Crossing/Flying Tee which is also owned by the Creek's. You also have the Oklahoma Aquarium across the river.
    That'll be sweeeet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TU 'cane View Post
    That'll be sweeeet.
    The new Zink dam at 33rd and Riverside by The Gathering Place is scheduled to be built first. The dam at 106th near Jenks isn't supposed to start until 2019 or 2020 depending on how permitting goes. The Creek Nation also still has to come up with $20 million in matching funds to go with the $70 million from Jenks and Tulsa.

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    Thanks for the details.

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    Recent overview of the river and casino with high water still flowing down the Arkansas River. This is roughly what the lake will look like once the Jenks low water dam is built. Riverwalk Crossing and the Oklahoma Aquarium are on the left between the Creek Turnpike bridge and 96th St bridge.




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    That looks good! It would be cool to see more high rise and condos along this river.

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    When the river is full, it looks amazing. It's a shame that, you know, catastrophic flooding happened to get it to look like this though.

    Seems like Tulsa is slowly realizing that the river is an amazing asset to the city, maybe the biggest asset they have. The casino, Riverwalk Crossing slowly coming back to life, and The Gathering Place all seems to be giving that area by the river a lot of momentum.

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