Gila River Indian Community breaks ground on casino near Chandler

By Christina Estes
Published: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 2:25pm
Updated: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 3:53pm

Santan Mountain Casino exterior
Steelman Partners, Gila River Indian Community
Rendering of Santan Mountain, the Gila River Indian Community's fourth casino.

The Gila River Indian Community broke ground on its fourth casino Tuesday.

The $150 million project called Santan Mountain will be built south of Chandler, at Gilbert Road and Hunt Highway. It’s expected to include more than 850 slots and table games, sports betting, entertainment and restaurants. 

Construction on the 160-acre project should be completed within two years and a hotel could be added in the future. Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Roe Lewis said it’s estimated to create 650 jobs.

“Not only will Santan Mountain bring additional revenue, sustainability and critical services to our Community members, it will elevate our prestige in the gaming and hospitality industry as we continue to craft an entertainment dynasty,” he said in a press release.

The Gila River Indian Community already owns two casinos in Chandler and one in Laveen. 

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