Ground Breaking Begins For Expansion Of Bay Mills Resort & Casino

Written By Drew Ellis on September 11, 2023 - Last Updated on September 13, 2023
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An expansion project at Bay Mills Resort & Casino has broken ground.

Last Wednesday, members of the Bay Mills Executive Council and Enterprise Team held a ceremony in Brimley to begin the expansion project for the casino and resort.

The expansion will be finished in the fall of 2025. Originally, it was to be completed in 2024.

(courtesy Bay Mills Resort & Casino)

Bay Mills expansion to cost around $85 million

The Bay Mills Indian Community put on the ceremony alongside Bay Mills Resort & Casino to symbolize the start of a new chapter for both parties.

“We are so excited to celebrate the hard work and innovation that has culminated in this historic investment, for your support, your enthusiasm, and your trust have fueled our ambition to reach new heights, and for that, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” Bay Mills Tribal President Whitney Gravelle penned to supporters of the project.

“This ceremony will mark the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the history of Bay Mills Indian Community and Bay Mills Resort & Casino. As we embark on this journey of growth and transformation, we know that none of this would be possible without our community – our tribal citizens, employees, and partners.”

Initially a reported $65 million project, Bay Mills has since updated the project costs to around $85 million.

Included in the expansion plans for the interior are:

  • 134 additional rooms with balconies
  • New deli
  • Spa with massage therapy rooms
  • Pool with a splash pad
  • Hot tubs
  • Nail salon
  • Fitness center
  • Arcade
  • Conference spaces
  • Storefront

Upgrades to the exterior include:

  • New fishing piers
  • Gardens
  • Gazebos
  • Outdoor patios
  • Marina upgrades

The employee break room will also be renovated to add additional space and amenities for the staff.

Focus on expansion as Kings Club Casino closes

Recognized as the first US tribal gaming facility to include slots and blackjack games, Kings Club Casino was operated by Bay Mills Indian Community.

However, it was forced to close its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the state eventually came through the pandemic, Bay Mills elected to permanently close Kings Club Casino and instead focus on renovating Bay Mills Resort & Casino with this current expansion project.

The 7,500-square foot casino included 280 Class III slot machines upon its closure. It originally opened on July 4, 1984 at Bay Mills Blackjack Casino.

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