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Oneida Nation’s Point Place Casino opens in Sullivan

By Eric Reinhardt

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SULLIVAN, N.Y. — The Oneida Indian Nation on Thursday formally opened the $40 million Point Place Casino and the grand-opening continues through the weekend.

The doors opened to a rush of patrons at 10 a.m., the first in a line of people waiting outside for the casino to open its doors.

Point Place Casino opening day
Patrons waiting outside in the final hour before Thursday’s 10 a.m. opening at the Oneida Indian Nation’s Point Place Casino at 450 Route 31 in the Bridgeport area of the town of Sullivan in Madison County. The Oneida Nation formally opened the casino on Thursday. (Eric Reinhardt / BJNN)

The 65,000-square-foot facility is located at 450 Route 31 in Sullivan, near the corner of Bridgeport-Kirkville Road, just a few hundred feet from the border with the town of Cicero.

In his remarks at the ceremony, Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation representative and Nation Enterprises CEO, called it a “very exciting day.”

“Point Place Casino will provide residents in Cicero, Clay, Fulton, Syracuse, Bridgeport, and people throughout the region and beyond a new destination for food, entertainment, and fun,” said Halbritter.

Point Place Casino derives its name from “its picturesque location, surrounded by a number of the area’s beloved lake points,” according to the casino’s website.

The casino has created more than 200 full- and part-time jobs that focus on gaming, food and beverage, maintenance, security, and management. The project also created 250 construction jobs.

Syracuse–based Hayner Hoyt Corporation helped build the casino, Ed Allmann, VP of enterprise marketing and sales at Oneida Nation Enterprises, said in his remarks at the opening ceremony.

Hayner Hoyt worked in partnership with the Central-Northern New York Building & Construction Trades Council (CNNYBTC) on the project, Pat Costello, the council’s area representative, noted in his comments.

CNNYBTC represents approximately 5,000 construction workers and 17 member unions, according to its website.

The new smoke-free facility will include a gaming floor with nearly 500 slot machines and 20 table games.

It has two, fast-casual, counter-service restaurants, including the newest location of Wicked Good Pizza, the pizza shop that originated at the Oneida Nation’s Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango and Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona.

Point Place Casino also includes Burgers of Madison County, a restaurant offering burgers and milkshakes.

The venue also has two bars, the Fireside Lounge and Paddle Bar. It is also introducing a second location of Opals Confectionary, a chocolatier and bakery which also operates at Turning Stone.

 

Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

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