The Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians opened their new South Bend Casino to the public last week on the city’s south side. The casino is the Pokagon Band’s first Indiana project. They currently operate Michigan casinos in New Buffalo, Dowagiac and Hartford.
The Pokagon Band announced plans for the new site in December 2016, after receiving all required approvals. Construction moved quickly on the 175,000-square-foot facility that also includes a large parking structure and over 4,500 parking spaces. The casino is built on a 166-acre tract of land owned by the Pokagon Band at 3300 Prairie Road. A tribal police station and housing have also been built on the land.
The South Bend site boasts four restaurants, three bars, a coffee shop, players’ lounge and retail store, in addition to its more than 1,800 gaming machines. Four Winds anticipates about two million annual visitors. The casino employs some 1,200 people.
Chamber President & CEO Jeff Rea commented, “The opening of the Four Winds South Bend site represents the largest opening in the past 20 years, dating back to the opening of the H2 Plant. We’re excited that the Pokagon Band has chosen our area for this investment, and we look forward to a long partnership with the Pokagon and Four Winds teams.”