April 10, 2014

4 Bears expansion continues


By Kathleen J. Bryan

A new 4,000-plus seat event center and current makeover to the gaming floor are part of a six-year plan for 4 Bears Casino located four miles west of New Town.

"Every few years you’ll see a new event center, newer machines and probably a hotel addition shortly — right up to 2020," said General Manager Patrick Packineau.

The new multipurpose event center will double the existing center’s square footage and seating capacity, spare no expense and host a variety of activities such as cultural and educational events, concerts, weddings, oil and gas shows, powwows and sport shows, he added.

Packineau said the multimillion-dollar building is still in the design planning phase and anticipates its construction to create a sense of pride and to serve "all our purposes."

"It looks beautiful. It’s a great amenity for the casino and for western North Dakota in general," he said.

The existing event center, which hosts at least 50 events each year, will be renovated and feature a grand ballroom, extended gaming, a food court and a service area.

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