The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma announced on Friday that it will be opening an entertainment and resort development in Hochatown, Okla. The development is a brand-new concept with a design and experience that will reflect the rich culture of the Choctaw people.
The four-story, 202,000 square-foot development will include 100 hotel rooms, 600 slot machines, eight table games, several restaurants and bars, a pool, an outdoor venue with an amphitheater, beer garden and a family-friendly game zone.
In addition to the resort, a 12,000 square-foot mercantile will adjoin the property offering a small market, convenient food options and a fuel station with 24 pumps. Guests will experience the Choctaw culture through the design of the facility, authentic art and will be able to shop authentic Choctaw art in the Mercantile.
“This development will be an economic driver not only for southeastern Oklahoma but the entire state. The project will create more than 2,000 new construction jobs and an economic impact of more than $211 million during the building period,” said Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gary Batton. “We are proud to be a part of this project and look forward to providing more opportunities and financial success for our tribal members, our state, and all Oklahomans.”
“We are thrilled to add a new entertainment venue to the region that is unlike any other in the state. From parents to children, this will offer something for everyone in the family,” states Janie Dillard, Senior Executive Officer, for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. “This modern entertainment venue will encompass the rich heritage of the Choctaw people and offer elevated dining, outdoor and indoor activities, plus gaming and a beautiful new hotel. I am excited for our neighbors and friends to see all that this has to offer when it opens in 2023.”
Building upon a history of successful collaboration, Manhattan Construction Company and JCJ Architecture are the lead partners for this project. Manhattan Construction Company and JCJ Architecture have worked with Choctaw Nation on several other projects including the Choctaw Cultural Center and Choctaw Wellness Center. JCJ Architecture has worked most recently on the Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant expansion and on-going property improvements.
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma anticipates breaking ground in the spring of 2022 with an expected completion date of fall of 2023. The new development will be at the corner of N. U.S. Highway 259 and OK-259A and will bring more than 400 ongoing hospitality jobs to the Hochatown area.
Renderings of the new Choctaw Entertainment & Resort Development in Hochatown, Okla.