New Desert Diamond Casino Breaks Ground in the West Valley

GLENDALE, Ariz. (April 5, 2023) – The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) broke ground today on a new Desert Diamond Casino facility located near Loop 303 & Northern Parkway. The first phase of the new facility will feature a 184,000 square-foot casino floor with 900 Class III slot machines, poker room, retail sportsbook, and table games including blackjack, craps, roulette, and baccarat, as well as dining and other amenities. Construction during the initial stage will also include a parking structure and surface parking with 3,400 spaces. Construction of this $450 million project is expected to last approximately 19 months.

JCJ Architecture has led the design of the new facility, which will eventually expand to include a hotel, conference center, an outdoor pool and recreational amenities, and an amphitheater and event lawn space. Construction of the project is being headed by the Hunt / Penta Joint Venture as general contractor and will create over 5,500 construction jobs. Once completed, the full-scale casino and resort will employ approximately 1,300 people.

Ned Norris Jr., Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation said, “This is a special day for all Tohono O’odham. We are making good on our promise to provide for future generations of our tribal citizens. This groundbreaking serves as an important milestone to celebrate our progress as a Nation.”

The property for the new facility is located on 80 acres of reservation land in unincorporated Maricopa County, west of Glendale, Ariz. This land has already been taken into trust by the federal government as required by law. This process was similar to what was done in 2014 for the first West Valley facility.

Mike Bean, CEO of the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise said, “With this latest major investment in the West Valley, our new Desert Diamond Casino will bring more jobs, economic opportunity, and entertainment options to this vibrant region. We’re excited to continue the local partnerships we’ve developed over the past 10 years and build new relationships to benefit the West Valley community.”

Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment, with three locations in Southern Arizona (Tucson, Sahuarita, and Why) and one in the West Valley near Glendale, AZ, is owned and operated by the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise, an enterprise of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Additional information can be found at or by calling 833-DDC-2WIN. For updates on the construction, follow Desert Diamond West Valley Casino on Twitter (@DDCWestValley), Facebook (@DDCWestValley), and Instagram (@desertdiamondwestvalley).

Editor’s Note: Attached are renderings of the new Desert Diamond Casino.