Southern California’s San Manuel Casino, sixty minutes from downtown Los Angeles, has broken ground on its major expansion plans, which is to see the addition of a first onsite hotel and entertainment venue, amongst much more.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians have announced it has held a ceremony to officially begin its major expansion project through Yaamava’, a celebratory event and groundbreaking ceremony.

Lynn Valbuena, chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, explained: “We couldn’t be more humbled and proud to start this new project, one that embodies the new growth and revitalisation of Yaamava’, meaning spring, a season that brings new life and boundless potential. This time of renewal is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to the words of our ancestors to never forget who we are or where we came from.

“In keeping with our core value of unity, this project gains its success through the collaboration, dedication and commitment of all the San Manuel team members, patrons, community supporters, and construction partners.”

The project has also been hailed “a major step forward” for the surrounding community, with the promise of added employment opportunities the project will bring.

“From construction to completion, this project will add a high volume of employment opportunities. Breaking ground today provides us with the opportunity to create more jobs that benefit the region,” Jerry Paresa, chief executive officer of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Unveiling its expansion plans, and how the casino is planning to leverage its history of innovation and growth, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians outlined a number of improvements.

An on-site hotel and elevated entertainment options will be joined be an array of state-of-the-art amenities, including new dining experiences, retail and event spaces, and enhanced commitment to regional economic growth.

“Today we are taking ‘all thrill’ to the next level,” said Loren Gill, General Manager, San Manuel Casino. “We are grateful that our guests have made San Manuel Casino a top entertainment destination in the region, and our team looks forward to providing a world-class experience as we continue to grow.”

Check out the video below, outlining various enhancements set to be seen at the San Manuel Casino.