The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation broke ground on a new CASINO on June 29, 2018. Those in attendance included tribal members and dignitaries from the State of Arizona and surrounding communities.

The new casino will be 166,341 square feet, which will soon offer guests a larger casino with a garden court, specialty high end dining, Sports bar with entertainment stage and other new amenities. Thalden Boyd Emery Architects, W.E. O’Neil, and Kitchell Construction have been named as the project team.

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation’s ongoing mission is to aid in the economic development and the expansion of direct services to meet the changing needs of all tribal members while preserving traditional values and at the same time benefiting and supporting its neighbors, the greater East Valley and Scottsdale areas.

“We broke ground on Friday, June 29th 2018 on a new casino and opened a new chapter in the modern history of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. Our tribe has overcome many challenges just to be here today. Our path has been difficult, but the obstacles we’ve endured have only made us stronger. We may be the smallest tribe in the Valley, but we built the first high stakes bingo hall in the Phoenix area three decades ago and today we are taking another huge leap forward. This exciting project will set a new standard for quality entertainment in the Northeast Valley while providing economic security to our tribal government. We’re thankful that our past success enables us to make this investment in the future of our tribe and our region,” said Bernadine Burnette, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council President.

Construction has begun and the casino is expected to be complete and open to the public by Summer 2020.


Dear appreciated guests we value your continued business during our construction phase. Your safety is our utmost concern and we appreciate your patience through this process. Together we look forward to the Grand Opening of our new casino in 2020



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Ft. McDowell Casino Progress June 20, 2019

WeKoPa Post-Topping Out Ceremony Press Release

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WeKoPa Post-Topping Out Ceremony Press Release 

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For Immediate Release:

“Topping-Out Ceremony” Marks Debut of New We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort Name and Logo

Fort McDowell, AZ (June 6, 2019)   Today, members of the Yavapai Nation hosted a Topping-Out Ceremony at the location of the new We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort.   In addition to marking an important milestone in the construction project, the ceremony also marked the debut of the new name We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort (formerly Fort McDowell Casino) and the new logo.   The new casino is located in the heart of Fort McDowell’s Yavapai Nation on the eastern edge of Scottsdale, Arizona.   The function of the Topping-Out Ceremony is to bring a building good luck and mark the intermediate point of the project.   This point identifies that we are about to dry-in-the-roof, which means the roof can provide semi-protection from the elements.   The structural phase of the building remains on schedule to open the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort in summer of 2020.  

As part of an ancient tradition, a special white painted beam with a Christmas tree placed on top was hoisted into place by a large construction crane.   A banner was adorned with the logos of the project team: Kitchell Construction (General Contractor); Thalden Boyd Emery (Architects); W.E. O’Neil (Owner Representative); along with the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort’s new logo and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation tribal seal.   The beam was signed by casino and resort employees, construction crew, tribal members and tribal elders and the project construction team in a special signing ceremony prior to the placement by the Kitchell construction crew.   The commemorative beam was placed in the framework of the new facility’s Porte Cochere.   The new multi-million dollar casino property will be 244,000 square feet and includes a 4 story parking garage, a larger casino area with a garden court, specialty high end dining, sports bar with entertainment stage and other new amenities.      

The We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort was created by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation to serve as a major Arizona vacation destination.   From outdoor adventures to relaxing spa retreats, this new venue will offer premium accommodations, championship golf, fun gaming, Southwestern entertainment and unique shopping.   Visit for more information.

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is a 950 Native American tribe that call Central Arizona’s upper Sonoran Desert home.   Located to the northeast of Phoenix within Maricopa County, Arizona, the 40 square mile reservation is a small part of the ancestral territory of the once nomadic Yavapai people, who hunted and gathered food in a vast area of Arizona’s desert lowland and mountainous Mogollon Rim country.   The We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort is located at 10424 N. Fort McDowell Road, Fountain Hills, AZ 85264.   Telephone: 480-789-7000.

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