GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — The Grand Island Casino Resort is on track to open in early 2025.

Elite Casino Resorts celebrated a ceremonial beam-signing event on Wednesday. The ceremony marked the installation of the final beam in the complex, which was placed at the highest point of the building.

“This is an important point in Grand Island Casino Resort Construction,” CEO Dan Kehl said in a news release. “Thank you to everyone for getting us this far on this project. It’s going to be a beautiful, first-class facility.”

Construction started on the project on Nov. 1. The company has operated a temporary casino inside the Fonner Park concourse since Dec. 27, 2022.

"Elite Casino Resorts, LLC made their first trip to Grand Island one month after the casino vote passed overwhelming in November 2020,” Fonner Park CEO Chris Kotulak said. “Since we chose them as our casino partner, it's been wild to see how much progress has taken place since then.”

The new facility will include:

• 750 slot machines and 20 table games.

• The gaming floor will have a show lounge that features local and regional entertainment.

• 162-room hotel with a full-service salon and spa plus an indoor-outdoor pool.

• Our food outlets will feature Ruthie’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant, our fine dining outlet. We will also have casual dining in our Draft Day Sports Lounge and a family dining outlet.