River Spirit Casino Resort opens Gridiron Sportsbar, Oklahoma’s largest sports viewing experience

The $17.5 million construction renovation and design include an upscale sports bar, Top Golf Swing Suites, a private watch party space, and VIP Lounge within the 14,000-square-foot space of the former Visions Buffet

TULSA, Okla. (June 26, 2024) – Leaders of the Muscogee Nation and River Spirit Casino Resort held a ceremonial ribbon cutting today on a $17.5 million capital investment to transform 14,000 square feet of existing space into the all- new Gridiron, a deluxe sports bar and lounge set to redefine sports viewing. The renovation replaces the space formerly known as the Visions Buffet.

Gridiron provides the largest sports viewing experience in the State of Oklahoma and features a massive 53-foot by 14-foot high-resolution LED video wall, 54 televisions and 104 speakers for a game watching and audio experience like none other.

Gridiron seats 157 guests including an upscale, 27-seat center bar featuring 24 mounted 70-inch televisions and 30 additional 70-inch televisions located throughout the dining and private booth seating areas. Guests will enjoy a new, robust menu with sports bar favorites, but also signature dishes prepared by Gridiron’s new state-of-the-art kitchen.

Additional hospitality and entertainment

elements in Gridiron include a private watch party and meeting space called “The Locker Room” with a 21-foot by 12-foot LED video wall and a luxury VIP Lounge exclusively for River Spirit Casino Resort’s top-tier-level Players Club Members. Additionally, the sports bar offers two “Top Golf Swing Suites” for an immersive digital sports experience, featuring simulated golf and other sports.

“River Spirit Casino Resort is undoubtedly Tulsa’s premier entertainment destination,” Muscogee Nation Principal Chief David Hill said. “River Spirit Casino Resort is our flagship property, and we are incredibly proud of what we have built on our historic land alongside the beauty of the prairie river and all it abundantly provides to the citizens of the Muscogee Nation.”

I-5 Design Build, based in Lacey, Wash., is the lead architectural design firm with a proven track record of successful projects at more than 125 entertainment properties. In addition to designing the project, I-5 Design Build’s expertise includes its fabrication and manufacturing facility where the firm pre-constructs custom architecture features, unique lighting fixtures, and tailor-made hospitality structures and guest seating. These custom components will be shipped to River Spirit Casino Resort where I-5’s daily, onsite management and project leaders will oversee the installation to bring the first-class design to reality on time and on budget.

“We are thrilled to unveil Gridiron as the largest sports viewing experience in Oklahoma. Gridiron represents a significant capital investment and creates a new standard in dynamic spaces where sports enthusiasts can revel in the excitement of their favorite teams while enjoying top-notch amenities and hospitality services,” said Pat Crofts, CEO of Muscogee Nation Gaming Enterprises. “This project is a testament to the dedication and long- term vision of our leaders at the Muscogee Nation and our Muscogee Nation Gaming Enterprises Board.

Their support allows us to nurture and advance our competitive advantage over others, which is our reputation for innovation and our legendary service culture.”

As part of this transformation, the existing Scoreboard Sports Bar will be repurposed for a new guest amenity in the future.

“The Gridiron is yet another amenity that provides a signature environment and guest experience that sets River Spirit Casino Resort apart. The reason for our success is no secret, said Andy Langston, COO of Muscogee Nation Gaming Enterprises. “We strive to be the very best in our industry with the principles of creating an exceptional culture for employees, exceeding our guests’ expectations and delivering results through execution.”

Key features of the $17.5 million renovation include:

Gridiron Sports Bar and Lounge

  • A massive 53 ft by 14 ft high-resolution LED video wall
  • A large, 27-seat center bar featuring 24 mounted, 70-inch televisions and bar top gaming
  • Three additional LED video screens and 30 additional 70-inch televisions among guest seating
  • New kitchen with full food service menu
  • Seating for 157 guests
  • Two digital bays featuring Top Golf Swing Suites for simulated golf and other sports; may also be reserved for game watching during large sporting events

The Locker Room | Banquet Space

  • Seating for more than 100 guests at private watch party
  • Featuring a 21-foot by 12-foot LED video wall for sports and group events

VIP Lounge

  • Exclusively for River Spirit’s top-tier-level Players Club Members
  • Private bar, lounge, and restrooms for an elevated hospitality experience