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Dakota Dunes Casino
whitecap Dakota first nation
GM / GARY DANIELS
The magnificent $60M casino opened in August 2007 and is SIGA’s
largest casino, employing in excess of 500 people. The casino is located
on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation, 20 kilometres south of Saskatoon
and was a finalist for best casino design at the National Gaming
Conference in Las Vegas in 2008.
The 80,000 square foot entertainment facility offers the excitement of over 500 slot
machines and 14 live table games. It also provides the convenience of a deli and
restaurant to whet the appetite and a fully functional multi-purpose Tatanka Tipi
room which has hosted a variety of conferences and performances. Dionne Warwick,
Tom Cochrane, and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band are just a few of the acts that have played
the venue.
The Dakota Dunes has experienced huge growth in the number of events in
the Tatanka Tipi Room. The increase is due to a large number of bookings from
corporate, government and other associations for meetings and conferences. This is
in addition to a large number of in-house events such as concerts, dinner shows, and
wedding receptions. The number of functions per month has grown significantly from
approximately 40 in 2007/08 to an average of 60 events per month in 2008/09.
This past year has been a huge success, as the casino appears to be establishing
a solid market. In 2008/09, a 54 passenger bus was purchased which helped
shuttle in the over 116,000 patrons to the Dakota Dunes. In addition, valet
served over 17,000 patrons, while guest services processed over 20,000 new
Players Club memberships.
The Dakota Dunes Casino became the first to use SIGA’s new Box Office ticket
purchasing system which made it more convenient for customers to purchase
tickets online.
“From a place of insecurity and instability, I now have a
new home with strong, healthy roots and the beginning
of a new family. SIGA has been my door to opportunity
and I aim to be around for a long, long time.”
/ Michelle Leniuk, Guest Services Representative