Combining rich Navajo tradition with state-of-the art luxurious resort accommodations and fine dining, the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (NNGE),is celebrating the grand opening of its Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort on May 24 with events through Memorial Day weekend.
Located along Interstate 40 just east of Flagstaff, the 267,000-square-foot facility features commissioned Navajo artists’ original paintings and architectural design that reflects the land and the culture.
“Twin Arrows will create a new benchmark in gaming entertainment while improving the economic health and prosperity of the Navajo Nation,” said Derrick Watchman, chief executive officer of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise. “As Northern Arizona’s premier destination casino resort, Twin Arrows will create approximately 800 full-time jobs with an annual payroll of $34 million, including salaries and benefits.”
Phase one of the $230 million facility includes 1,089 slot machines, 18 table games and 12 poker tables, live Keno, a five-story hotel with 90 rooms and suites, a 16,000-square-foot banquet and conference center, fully equipped fitness center and heated indoor pool. The casino will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and offer 24-hour complimentary valet parking featuring a unique “Valet Express” mobile phone service system.
The new casino offers six distinct dining concepts including a sports bar and seafood restaurant. All tell Navajo stories in their design. And the food court offers a variety of ethnic and seasonal cuisine including authentic Navajo fry bread tacos, mutton stew and green chili pork stew.
The Zenith Steakhouse is Twin Arrow’s flagship restaurant. The high nest of the eagle inspired the steakhouse design. Stone walls evoke the cliffs where eagles build their nests. Sculptural birch branches create intimate dining zones and custom light fixtures are woven from silver branches in the style of eagle nests. A Hogan ceiling is replicated at the entryway.
“Ya at’eeh. We welcome Arizona residents and tourists to experience our world-class gaming and array of dining options this summer,” said Maureen Curley, chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise. “We are committed to building business opportunities for the Navajo Nation as we provide an economic boost to the entire region and put Navajo people to work.”
Twin Arrows is the fourth casino of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (NNGE).
“We will compete regionally and nationally for service-oriented employees,” said Curley. “We will train our employees to make the extra effort to deliver on the commitment to premier customer service, and we will create workplace conditions that will be the envy of our competitors. That’s the NNGE promise.” FBN