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Santa Fe to expand

Dec 16, 2003 7:26 AM

Station Casinos announced Tuesday that it will soon break ground on a $56.5 million expansion of Santa Fe Station in northwest Las Vegas.

"When we originally purchased the Santa Fe, we anticipated making enhancements that would transform the Santa Fe into a regional recreational and entertainment center," Leslie Pittman, Station vice president of corporate communications, told GamingToday.

The massive expansion will include adding a 16-screen movie complex, 20,000 square feet of additional casino space, 350 slot machines, an entertainment center/nightclub, new player promotions center, and a 6,600-square-foot Kids Quest, where parents can leave their youngsters while they visit Santa Fe’s various venues.

There will also be a complete upgrade of the bowling center that will include a new pro shop, billiards room, lockers and other facilities.

The expansion will also include additional meeting and banquet rooms.

Part of the expansion will include replacing the existing ice rink, so Station has decided to build a new ice rink at Fiesta Rancho Station down the street.

Pittman said Station decided to build a 31,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art ice rink in the wake of concerns expressed by various casino groups, both adult and youth organizations, who now use the Santa Fe Station ice rink for tournaments, leagues and other ice-related activities.

"Even though an ice rink at a casino can expect only modest returns, Station felt building a new rink at Fiesta Rancho would fill the void left by the replacement of the Santa Fe rink," Pittman said. "It’s a great solution to their concerns and our challenges."

Station will begin construction of the new $6.5 million ice rink next April and expect to complete construction by fall 2004.

The expansion project at Santa Fe Station will take a few months long. It should be completed by spring 2005, Pittman said.