The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians plans to open its new Four Winds Casino in South Bend at 4 p.m. Jan. 16.
The 175,000-square-foot facility will open with 1,800 slot machines, four restaurants, a players lounge, a coffee shop, three bars, a retail outlet and approximately 4,500 parking spaces, including an enclosed parking structure.
Four Winds South Bend will join the Pokagon Band's three casinos in New Buffalo, Hartford and Dowagiac, Michigan.
The South Bend casino, located on 166 acres at Ind. 23 and U.S. 31, will be the first casino in the state of Indiana owned and operated by a Native American tribe.
“When we broke ground in December 2016, we did so knowing we’ll have a significant economic impact on the region,” Pokagon Chairman John Warren said. “Once operating, it will generate revenue to fund services and programs that will create additional economic opportunities for Pokagon citizens, the city of South Bend, and also fund community projects, local organizations and schools."
The Pokagon Band has entered into an agreement with South Bend to pay the city 2 percent of its gaming revenue, with a guarantee of at least $2 million annually. Four Winds expects to employ approximately 1,200 people in South Bend.