DEVOL The Comanche Nation held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday to begin turning dirt for the construction of a new hotel to be built at the Comanche Red River Casino near the Red River.
The hotel will be attached to the casino, located on Oklahoma 36 just off Interstate 44 north of the Red River near Devol in Cotton County. It is expected to be completed in early 2014. It will have 87 guest rooms including 29 king rooms, 25 extended king rooms with sleeper sofa, 13 double queens and eight extended double queens with sleeper sofa and tub, and five suites. There will also be a 100-person banquet room, fitness room and a sundries and gift shop area. The casino recently underwent a renovation to update the decor and add two restaurants, a high limits area and VIP room and a bar, along with more space for games and table games.
A large crowd was present for the groundbreaking ceremony including tribal officials and members, casino personnel and dignitaries from area cities.
"It is a happy and exciting day," said Chas Robbins, Comanche Nation CEO of gaming. "This is a project which we have hoped to see for several years. It's been a lot of hard work over these past few months. We have a group of spiritual leaders, business leaders and educators."
Wallace Coffey, Comanche Nation chairman, presented remarks during the ceremony.
"It's been a long time coming," he said. "Today is the beginning of a long career for our Comanche people. Give us nine to 10 months and we'll have a good hotel out here."
Coffey said the hotel is just the beginning for future projects by the tribe.
"I would also like to have a racehorse track here," he said.
Comanche Nation Tribal Administrator William Owens said Friday was a beautiful day, not only due to the groundbreaking, but also the day's nice weather that brought many people out.