Wednesday, June 3rd, 2019, saw the unveiling of Valley View Casino & Hotel in San Diego by the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians. The $50 Million project has seen the expansion and renovations done on the San Diego five-year-old casino building and the new look now boasts of improved gaming space and there are also additions in the dining facilities.
Over $1.5 billion expansions in San Diego
The project kicked off 18-months ago and its unveiling marks the peak of a larger casino expansion drive that has been experienced in San Diego.
With the region, there has been more than $1.5 billion invested in expansions and upgrades on some of the area’s properties like Sycuan Casino Resort, Harrah’s Resort Southern California, Viejas Casino & Resort and Pechanga Resort and Casino. The $50 Million investment on Valley View Casino & Hotel is another investment in the long chain.
Some of the features that Valley View boasts of include several dining options, a casino, a non-smoking hotel tailored for people aged over 21 years with 105 rooms and an infinity pool. The project has seen the creation of 100 new jobs which raised the number of employees in the resort up to 950.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Ian Williams, Valley View Director of Hotel Operations and Player Development, said that the expansion and upgrading gave them a competitive edge in the casino industry.
‘I think it definitely positions us for the higher end – a little more upscale, a little younger.’ He continued, ‘It just sets us up to compete with any casino in Las Vegas and any casino in San Diego.’
The 18-months expansion was done by Swinerton, a construction management firm that San Pasqual Casino Development Group used for the scheme. The group, on the other hand, are the San Pasqual’s Band of Mission Indians gaming arm.
In the expansion plan, there would be an addition of a gaming space of 25,000 square feet and there would also be an addition of 11 more table games and 250 slot machines. The new machines would bring total machines in the casino to be 2,000. For the table games additions, the number is double the ones that existed before.
The expansion has also seen a remodeled gaming floor with indoor water wall and high ceilings for natural lighting. The renovations also stemmed to the 100,000 square foot casino and restaurant space which included 65,000 square feet gaming floor, a high-limit area, non-smoking casino section and the VIP lounge all having a taste of ceiling tiles to carpeting, signage, lighting, pillars, wider aisles, new 75-inch TVs and sizeable space between the slot machines. There was also a new tournament area provided and there was a new players club also offered.
There were also renovations on the entire buffet restaurant where there were additions of 100 more seats which brought the number of the total seats to 600, updated furnishings and 25 new meal offerings.
A complete renovation was carried out at Valley View’s BLD Restaurant that has now been branded as The Café where hotel stays customers will have breakfast served and the other customers will now be served everything from eggs Benedict to BLTs and chicken pad Thai.
Finally, there was a new restaurant and bar addition called Patties & Pints where there will be nine varieties of pizza, eight kinds of burgers17 kinds of ice cream shake and 16 beers on tap.