After a year and a half of construction, Ho-Chunk Gaming's new hotel was ready to unveil Wednesday afternoon.
123 new rooms on five stories are now available as well as 400 new machines in an expanded gaming area. Ho-Chunk Gaming's Executive manager Greg Garvin said it was the culmination of six years of planning and development. The casino is now employ to nearly 400 people and now has the potential to see up to 4,000 people each day.
"As gaming grew bigger here, we've seen the local community grow as well," Garvin said.
There are still finishing touches to put on the outside including a veteran memorial walkway. That will now include a new gift from Miron Construction, a replica of the USS Corporal Mitchell Redcloud, named for a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Mitchell Redcloud, Jr. was killed in action in the Korean War. He also previously served in World War II.
Mostly, the new facility continues as a major hub of tourism in Jackson County. According to the Wisconsin Secretary of Tourism, last year they saw 700,000 through their doors contributing to $54 million spent in the county.
Now with their additions finished, their goal is to reach one million visitors.