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January 14, 2011
Prince Albert, SK – A special leather cutting ceremony was held today at the Northern Lights Casino in Prince Albert to celebrate the first phase of the casino’s renovation and expansion.
“We are making a significant investment to meet the needs of our customers and staff to support the continued growth at Northern Lights Casino,” said Richard Ahenakew, Northern Lights Casino General Manager. “I am happy to be opening the new smoking room, and I look forward to completing the interior renovations in the spring.”The Northern Lights Casino Expansion is a 4,500 square foot addition to the south side of the casino. It holds 203 slot machines. In addition to the casino expansion, major renovations of the existing casino are also underway. These renovations include painting the exterior of the building, new carpet, new interior wall finishes and upgrades to the Starlight Lounge. Once the expansion is open, the existing gaming floor will become smoke free and smoking will only be allowed in the Starlight Lounge and in the new enclosed expansion area.
“At SIGA, we are constantly striving to exceed customer expectations,” said Zane Hansen, SIGA President and CEO. “The opening of the expansion is the first phase in providing our customers and staff with a clean air environment. This project is part of our commitment to ensure our patrons and employees are offered the most comfortable and entertaining environment available, including enhanced ventilation systems.”
The Northern Lights Casino is owned by Prince Albert Casino Ventures, who rent the facility to SIGA. The casino expansion project is a partnership between SIGA and Prince Albert Casino Ventures.
Participating in the leather cutting ceremony were First Nations Elders, Veterans, Peter Ballantyne Representatives and Prince Albert Casino Ventures Chair, Chief Darrell McCallum, FSIN Chief Guy Lonechild, Prince Albert Grand Council Grand Chief Ron Michel, and SIGA President & CEO Zane Hansen.
SIGA continues to strengthen the lives of First Nations people through employment, economic growth and community relations. SIGA operates six casinos in Saskatchewan in North Battleford, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Yorkton and on the White Bear First Nation near Carlyle. 100% of profits from SIGA’s gaming operations are returned to its beneficiaries. Our family of casinos offer a distinctive First Nations entertainment experience that reflects the traditional aspects of First Nations heritage and hospitality.
For more information, please contact:
Kristy Jackson, Director of Communications and Media Relations
Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority
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