San Manuel Casino breaks ground on expansion project through Yaamava’

IECN photo San Manuel Casino: A rendering of the $500 million expansion project that will include the casino’s first onsite hotel, pools, and elevated entertainment experience.
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The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians held a ceremony to officially begin its major expansion project through Yaamava’, a celebratory event and groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, July 22.

The expansion is set to include San Manuel Casino’s first onsite hotel, a world-class entertainment venue, and an array of state-of-the-art amenities, including new dining experiences, retail and event spaces, and more.

This $550 million project is a major step forward for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the surrounding community that brings employment opportunities as well as enhanced entertainment experiences to our casino guests.

“We couldn’t be more humbled and proud to start this new project, one that embodies the new growth and revitalization of Yaamava’, meaning spring, a season that brings new life and boundless potential. This time of renewal is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to the words of our ancestors to ‘never forget who we are or where we came from,’” said Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “In keeping with our core value of Unity, this project gains its success through the collaboration, dedication and commitment of all the San Manuel team members, patrons, community supporters, and construction partners.”

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The project, slated to be complete in early 2021, will entail a 750,000-square-foot total build-out to include a 2400-stall parking garage, approximately 450 rooms, and hotel projected to be 14 – 17 stories high.

“From construction to completion, this project will add a high volume of employment opportunities,” said Jerry Paresa, Chief Executive Officer of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “Breaking ground today provides us with the opportunity to create more jobs that benefit the region.”

Yaamava’, a groundbreaking ceremony, demonstrated how the casino plans to leverage its history of innovation and growth through the following:

  • Modern Luxury – Casino patrons will now have the added option of staying at the destination itself at the 
casino’s first onsite, luxury hotel.
  • Regional Economic Growth – San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is among the top 10 private employers in 
San Bernardino County, currently supporting more than 4,900 employees and generating more than $1 billion in annual economic activity in the San Bernardino region; the San Manuel Casino expansion is set to add even more employment opportunities for the region.
  • Elevated Entertainment – Visitors and guests will enjoy some of the world’s best entertainment that rivals top destinations such as Las Vegas at San Manuel Casino’s new world-class entertainment venue.
  • Added Amenities – Upping the ante on its existing list of award-winning dining options and amenities, the expansion will provide enhanced experiences through its new dining venues, retail spaces and spa. 
“Today we are taking ‘all thrill’ to the next level,” said Loren Gill, General Manager, San Manuel Casino. “We are grateful that our guests have made San Manuel Casino a top entertainment destination in the region, and our team looks forward to providing a world-class experience as we continue to grow.”

San Manuel Casino is located at 777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland, CA 92346, and can be reached by calling 1-800- 359-2464. For more information visit

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