Mystic Lake Casino Hotel Planning New Hotel and Convention Center

October 14th, 2015

PRIOR LAKE, MINN. – A new hotel with a convention center will soon be added to the southwest Twin Cities, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and Mystic Lake Casino Hotel announced today. Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2016, with the space opening to guests by the end of 2017.

The new hotel tower, which will be attached to the current Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, will feature a state-of-the-art convention center overlooking The Meadows at Mystic Lake championship golf course with three-story windows. The new 70,000-square-foot convention center will contain two large ballrooms and several smaller breakout meeting rooms. This new hotel convention space will be the fourth-largest in the metro area.

The convention center will include outdoor patio space and an executive boardroom with a balcony overlooking the golf course.

The new nine-story hotel tower will feature 180 rooms, many of which will capture a stunning western view of The Meadows at Mystic Lake. It will not include additional gaming.

"We are always working to identify new opportunities that will enhance Mystic Lake Casino Hotel as a full-service resort. Adding this first-class hotel tower and convention space will meet the growing demand and help set the tone for our 25th anniversary in 2017," said Edward Stevenson, president/CEO of the SMSC Gaming Enterprise, which operates Mystic Lake and Little Six Casino.

With the additional hotel rooms, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel will have the second-largest hotel in the metro area, and the third-largest in the state.

"Any time a major entertainment venue in our region makes improvements, it benefits the rest of the entertainment in the region," said Randy Sampson, president and CEO of Canterbury Park in Shakopee. "Canterbury Park is excited for the additional visitors this new hotel and convention center will attract to the southwest metro."

The project is expected to create up to 400 total construction jobs and about 100 permanent jobs in the region. Mystic Lake and the SMSC are currently in the process of selecting a general contractor.

In addition to the new tower, all of the existing hotel rooms at Mystic are being remodeled to reflect a more upscale and modern experience. The remodeling will be complete by the end of 2015.

About the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Indian tribe located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul. With a focus on being a good neighbor, good steward of the earth, and good employer, the SMSC is committed to charitable donations, community partnerships, a healthy environment, and a strong economy. Together the SMSC and the SMSC Gaming Enterprise (Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino) are the largest employer in Scott County. Having donated more than $325 million since opening its Gaming Enterprise in the 1990s, as well as providing more than $500 million in economic development loans to other tribes, the SMSC is the largest philanthropic benefactor for Indian Country nationally and one of the largest charitable givers in Minnesota.

About Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, the premier gaming facility in the Midwest, continually creates new, fun and exciting entertainment experiences for its guests. Mystic Lake® offers gaming, three lively bars, exceptional dining at seven restaurants, headline performers, unique special events and luxurious accommodations. Located 25 minutes southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul in Prior Lake.

Visit Mystic Lake in RiverSouth—Land of Big Fun! RiverSouth is a joint public-private collaboration promoting premier entertainment destinations just minutes south of Minneapolis. With four of Minnesota's biggest attractions just four miles apart, there's fun around every bend. Partners include Canterbury Park, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Valleyfair, the Renaissance Festival, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, and the cities of Prior Lake and Shakopee.

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