Nebraska's Regulator Approves Construction Of Temporary Grand Island Casino In Fonner Park

Nebraska's Regulator Approves Construction Of Temporary Grand Island Casino In Fonner Park

The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission approved Monday the construction of a temporary casino in the concourse area of Fonner Park, in Grand Island, effective immediately. The transitory property will operate while the development of the permanent Grand Island Casino is underway.

The temporary property will initially offer 300 slot machines, kiosks for horse betting, simulcasting and a snack bar, developers stated in a press release. It is expected that table games will arrive on the property in 2023.

Grand Island Casino Resort in Fonner Park (rendering). Chris Kotulak, CEO of Fonner Park, stated: “I am delighted that the Nebraska Racing & Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve the temporary casino construction plans. This is a big win for Nebraska Thoroughbreds, the Thoroughbred horsemen and the Nebraska Agriculture industry.”

The temporary casino is slated to open in the coming months, pending final approval from the commission, and it will remain open until the launch of the full resort. “Revenue from casino operations can benefit Nebraskan in so many ways, and we are now one stride closer to that reality,” the CEO added.

Vince Fiala, General Manager for Grand Island Casino Resort, also commented: “It’s great to have the Commission’s approval to get started on the temporary casino adding a great gaming experience to Grand Island. We look forward to being a part of the racing and gaming industry of Nebraska.”

The first temporary casino in the state was opened last month in Lincoln. WarHorse Casino made state history with a grand opening ceremony that drew hundreds of gaming enthusiasts to the new temporary property. During its first week of operation, the casino generated nearly $286,000 in tax revenue, according to the gaming commission.

A career fair is scheduled for October 26 through 28 with information available on the Grand Island Casino Resort website.