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Golden Acorn casino slated to open in August

June 09, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

CAMPO — The $27 million Golden Acorn casino and travel center has slowly increased in size since construction began here in February.

The 60,000 square-foot facility will boast a truck stop, convenience store, a 220-seat restaurant and 24-hour casino with 750 slot machines and 12 table games.

A 100-room hotel and an RV park are planned to open in the future.

The casino and travel center is approximately 20 minutes east of Alpine at the Crestwood Road exit off Interstate 8.

The casino is owned and operated by the Campo band of Kumeyaay Indians.

In August, Tribal Day will kick off grand opening events that will offer tours of the facility to all tribal members. Grand opening ceremonies for the public are planned the following day. No specific day for the ceremonies has been set.

Construction for the casino has been rushed as setbacks have delayed the opening of the casino/travel center, which was originally expected to open late May.


Following ground-breaking earlier this year, the casino's setbacks have been mostly due to gaming equipment being slow to arrive.

Nancy Eklof of the Media Access Group, which handles public relations for the casino, said gaming manufactures have been bogged down with major orders throughout the state, causing a delay in filling orders.

The Campo band has been assisted by First Nation Gaming, a company that assists Native American tribes in establishing gaming facilities in their area.

First Nation Gaming has said that it will target the Imperial County and Mexican markets to attract customers from the areas.

The company has also hinted at the possibility of running buses from Calexico to the casino.

Several billboards advertising for employment at the casino have been placed in Imperial County.

Eklof said as of Friday, the casino had received 750 applications for employment.

"The casino is very actively recruiting," Eklof said. "They've had a wonderful response."

The casino will employ 505 full and part-time employees with all positions needing to be filled.

The casino will also offer training at its own gaming school free of charge to its employees.

The Campo band is one of 12 separate bands of the Kumeyaay Indians, the original native inhabitants of San Diego County. The Kumeyaay are one of the largest land-owners in San Diego County with more than 70,000 acres of land under their jurisdiction.

For more information, visit the casino's website at

Staff Writer Anthony Longoria can be reached at 337-3452.

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