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Crosswinds Casino open for business in Park City

Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 12:18 PM CST
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PARK CITY, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Tuesday night, (March 2, 2021): It was a busy night in Park City as the Crosswinds Casino opened its doors to the public for the first time. The casino invited some VIP members in at 7 p.m., but not everyone go the memo that the public opening wasn’t until 10 p.m. This caused confusion to go along with backed-up traffic.

The casino had previously said it was opening at 7, but in a Facebook post Tuesday afternoon, it said that was only for people with an invitation. With hundreds of people coming to Park City to check out the new casino, traffic was backed up to a standstill. With the 7 p.m. opening only for those invited to come in early, Crosswinds reached capacity quickly. This left some who had to turn around and live when they finally got to the front line of traffic. Others couldn’t’ find parking and some even got to the door only to be turned away.

For those waiting until late Tuesday night to visit the casino, the good news is that by about 10 p.m., and the opening to the public, much of the traffic that caused headaches earlier in the evening had died down.

Update: The new Crosswinds Casino in Park City says it will open its doors to the public at 10 p.m. Due to an overwhelming response, the casino said it will only open to those with an invitation between 7-10 p.m. One (1) person per invite will be admitted.

The casino says it has a max occupancy of 375 people at any given time. Those going to check out the new casino should be prepared to wait in line for entry.

After years of legal battles and objections from the Kansas Attorney General, the Wyandotte Nation will open its Crosswinds Casino at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 in Park City. The casino is located at 777 N Jackpot Way.

“Our team is so excited to introduce Crosswinds Casino to Park City and the surrounding communities,” said Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma (WTOK) CEO Kelly Carpino. WTOK is the federally chartered corporation of the Wyandotte Nation. “Our focus with all of our gaming properties is to provide a fun, clean atmosphere with fan-favorite slots and great customer service. Crosswinds Casino is ready to deliver that same experience to all of our guests.”

The 20,000 square foot new casino will feature 500 new slots, 200 VGT machines with Red Spins, a Bar & Café, and a high limit lounge.

The Wyandotte Nation said the casino will employ 150 people and provide them with benefits.

Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend said the casino means economic self-sufficiency and the opportunity to provide tribal citizens with improved health care, housing, education and other greatly needed programs. He also said his tribe also looks forward to working with Park City.

“Park City has worked hard and has been successful over the years with their redevelopment plans and have welcomed us as partners,” Chief Friend said. “The great thing about this project is it will not only create jobs for the area, but will bring in increased revenues through tourism, and create new opportunities for additional development.”

The new casino follows a decades-long dispute over the Wyandotte Nation’s legal authority to build a casino in Sedgwick County. In June, the Department of Interior cleared the way for the business. In early August, the state asked a federal court to set aside that decision.

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