IT’S GETTING CLOSER.
A “soft open” for the newly renovated and expanded Ojibwa Casino Marquette in Chocolay Township is now scheduled for December. But the date is a moving target, admits casino marketing director Jim Orr.
A “grand opening,” full of pomp, ceremony and media hype, will likely occur in March.
“We’re moving along well with the construction,” Orr says, “and it’s going to be an impressive project when we’re finished.”
The new, renovated casino will likely have a soft open in late December.
Forty million dollars worth of expansion and renovation of a humble, little casino that sorely needed an infusion of cash. Two new restaurants, double the casino floor space, 500 slots, more gaming tables, a players club with a VIP lounge, a casino lounge with live music and a dance floor, and a brand new 1200 seat venue for concerts.
What this all tells us is that the casino, ten miles east of Marquette, wants to play a much larger role in how locals spend their entertainment dollars.
The casino will boast far more slots and table games, along with restaurants and a lounge with live music.
It’ll also become a more important employer in the county–with new casino, entertainment, culinary, and maintenance jobs.
By the way, a second phase of the expansion–building a new hotel and a conference center–has been pushed back. It may still be a few years away.