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Phoenix might have NFL, casino as neighbors

Feb 2, 2009 8:28 PM
by Ray Poirier | If plans reach fruition, the Arizona Cardinals may have an Indian casino as a neighbor.

According to the Tohono O’odham Nation, a fixture in the Tucson, Arizona, area, plans to build a $500 million, 1.2 million square foot casino on the doorstep of the Arizona Cardinals’ stadium in Phoenix.

The facility, expected to employ at least 6,000 construction workers, will include a 600-room hotel overlooking a three-acre atrium. It will contain 120 luxury suites, eight restaurants and dozens of shops.

A pretty nice addition to the area for the thousands of NFL fans who enjoy the Cardinals’ games.

A 1986 law permits the tribe to buy the necessary real estate and requires the federal government to take the land into trust as a Federal Indian Reservation.

Still to be determined is where the development money will come from in an economy that is in shreds.

But, that won’t be a problem, says the tribe’s chairman. "With our proven track record," he says, "we don’t expect any problems."