SOUTH BEND — The Four Winds Casino in South Bend has announced it will open to the public at 4 p.m. on Jan. 16 on 166 acres of tribal trust land at 3300 Prairie Road.
The casino is the first one in the state of Indiana owned and operated by a Native American tribe. It will join other Four Winds casino locations in New Buffalo, Hartford and Dowagiac.
Four Winds South Bend will have 175,000 square feet and include 1,800 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. The casino expects to employ approximately 1,200 people.
“When we broke ground in December 2016, we did so knowing we’ll have a significant economic impact on the region,” said John P. Warren, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, in a news release. “Once operating, it will generate revenue to fund services and programs that will create additional economic opportunities for Pokagon Citizens, the city of South Bend, and also fund community projects, local organizations and schools."