A new and electrifying level of entertainment is now open in the Sooner State. Riverwind Casino, the state’s newest and largest casino offers Vegas-style excitement, thrills and nonstop energy. Located just south of Norman off of State Highway 9, this sprawling 219,000-square-foot complex is a dazzler of light, sound and adrenaline-pumping action 24/7.
Riverwind Casino boasts an array of fun, from show-stopping music performances by national artists to exhilarating boxing matches. But the main attraction is gaming and Riverwind has plenty to offer. Guests can court Lady Luck at more than 2,200 electronic games, 71 blackjack and poker tables and an off-track betting area in which horse racing enthusiasts will be able to follow simulcast races broadcast from all over the country.
“Riverwind Casino builds on our steadfast commitment to quality,” said Brian Campbell, chief executive officer for Chickasaw Enterprises, a division of the Chickasaw Nation which owns and operates the casino. “From its unique design to the latest in gaming technology, Riverwind is focused on providing our guests a fun, lively and friendly experience.”
Riverwind’s grand opening kicks off with a spectacular three-day celebration from Thursday, Aug. 10 through Saturday, Aug. 12. More than 30 performers will stage Cirque-style acts throughout the complex, a whirlwind of acrobatics, music, dance and aerial feats.
Chad Everett and his company, Galaxy Productions, in association with Chickasaw Enterprises, will astonish and amaze casino patrons with a lavish production designed especially for RiverWind. As Galaxy has crafted shows for such major theme parks as Disneyworld and Busch Gardens, this is one spectacle you won’t want to miss. “Riverwind is the biggest thing to come to Oklahoma in some time, so we wanted our grand opening to reflect that,” said casino marketing manager Angel Hunt. “This opening is guaranteed to ‘wow’ anyone and everyone.”
Nationally renowned music acts, comedians and other performers have a state-of-the-art venue in the 1,500-seat Showplace Theatre The multi-tiered facility, which includes a VIP mezzanine and balcony, will also play host in the future to major boxing events. Guests can also relax and listen to live music in the 77-seat River Lounge.
A diverse and impressive concert lineup awaits visitors this fall. The Showplace Theater’s scheduled acts include the Temptations (Aug. 25) Pat Benatar (Aug. 26), Jewel (Sept. 1), Creedence Clearwater Revisited (Sept. 15), Asian Night (Sept. 17), the Commodores (Sept. 23), Ronnie Milsap (Sept. 30), Don Williams (Oct. 5), Dwight Yoakam (Oct. 14), Trent Willmon (Oct. 28), the good vibrations of the Beach Boys (Nov. 3), Pat Green (Nov 11) Joe Nichols (Nov. 24) Asian Night (Nov 26).
Bring your sense of fun and adventure to Riverwind, but don’t forget to bring along an appetite, too. The casino offers a mouth-watering assortment of dining, from the upscale New Mexican cuisine of Traditions to the state’s largest international buffet served up at the Willows Buffet. For quicker fare, a convenient food court includes Burger King; Taco Bueno; Pizza, Subs & Wings; and Cinnabon. Or grab a steaming cup of Joe at Rick’s Café proudly serving Starbucks coffee.
Riverwind’s look is wholly unique. Designed by The Hnedak Bobo Group (HBG) of Las Vegas and Memphis, its architecture reflects a new wave in casino design. Echoing the majestic landscapes of Oklahoma, the sprawling structure draws inspiration from the winds, waters and prairies of the state.
“Unlike other casinos, which are more thematic and focus on a major city or an era in history, RiverWind’s architectural theme is more abstract,” said Nathan Peak, A1A, lead designer for HBG. “We gave a nod to the geographic location of the structure and came up with an ethereal ‘prairie wind’ concept which encompasses Oklahoma’s native landscape.”
As the 18th gaming facility owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation, Riverwind Casino employs more than 1,800 full- and part- time workers in the surrounding metro area.
“Inside and out, Riverwind is committed to the highest standards, a measure of quality that extends well beyond the casino floor to include top-flight hospitality and an array of outstanding restaurants. And the complex itself is an architectural marvel,” said Chickasaw Enterprises’ Brian Campbell.
So what are you still waiting for? Riverwind will supply the games, the entertainment and the magic. The only ingredient missing is you!
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