Dramatic expansion of the Four Winds Casino in South Bend is on the drawing boards and about to come to life in the form of a new 23-story hotel tower pegged for completion in about two years time.
The Pokagon Gaming Authority, which oversees the management and operations of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ gaming enterprise, announced this morning the new 317 room, 83 suite hotel complete with a spa, convention area, meeting space, a ballroom, lounge, bar & grille, and even an outdoor, rooftop swimming pool along with terraces and striking views.
Details of the expansion were highlighted this morning during a press conference at the South Bend casino, with members of the Pokagon Gaming Authority and Tribal Council on hand along with the Pokagon Elders Council, Pokagon Citizens and Four Winds Casino management.
Matthew Wesaw is Tribal Council Chairman and President of the Pokagon Gaming Authority. He says, “We’ve been very pleased with the response from the community and the performance of Four Winds South Bend since it opened in January 2018. The expansion will bring to life a variety of exciting features and amenities we envisioned during our original planning process.” Wesaw adds, “Not only is this expansion an important milestone for all Pokagon Citizens, but it also demonstrates our ongoing economic commitment to support the South Bend community including the creation of more than 400 temporary construction jobs and approximately 100 permanent new jobs to support our ongoing operations.”
Frank Freedman is Chief Operating Officer for Four Winds Casinos. He says, “For the past twelve years, the Pokagon Band and its Four Winds Casinos have established a standard for excellence, not only in the Midwest, but also nationally. Our casino resorts have consistently been ranked among the best in the country, and we believe these enhancements will make Four Winds South Bend unrivaled in the State of Indiana.” He adds, “From the design, use of materials and the finish work, Four Winds South Bend will offer a premium resort-style feel and amenities you’ll find at top resorts in the country.”
Four Winds South Bend currently has 140,000 square feet of gaming space and includes more than 1,400 games, four restaurants, a players lounge, a coffee shop, three bars, a retail outlet, and approximately 4,500 parking spaces including an enclosed parking structure.
Partners supporting the Pokagon Band and Four Winds Casinos in the expansion of Four Winds South Bend include architect, HBG Designs of Memphis, Tennessee, who provided the rendering included in the story on Moody on the Market.