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Ho-Chunk plan expansion in Wittenberg

New hotel, restaurant part of 3-casino project

Contributed Illustration This rendering provided by Ho-Chunk Gaming shows the new hotel and renovations planned for the Wittenberg property.

Ho-Chunk Gaming in Wittenberg is one of three Ho-Chunk Nation casinos slated for major renovations and expansion as part of a $153 million project dubbed “Project Forward.”

The other casinos scheduled for improvements are in Wisconsin Dells and Black River Falls.

The Wittenberg project includes a a new 86-room hotel, 84-seat restaurant and bar, non-smoking casino area and high-limit area. The plans include an additional 272 slot machines and 10 new table games.

Project Forward includes gaming floor expansions with additional slots, new hotels, new restaurants and bars, smoke-free gaming areas along with major cosmetic enhancements. As a result of the expansions, 100 new jobs will be created that will add to the existing 3,400-employee Ho-Chunk Nation workforce.

“We are extremely excited to grow and offer new amenities that will only enhance one of the best entertainment experiences in the region,” said Wilfrid Cleveland, Ho-Chunk Nation president. “It’s a win-win for everyone when we can create more jobs throughout Wisconsin and add more value to our guest’s experience.”

The Wisconsin Dells project includes new hotel main entrance and lobby, hotel bar, poker room, off-track betting area. The casino floor layout will be redesigned and the non-smoking casino area expanded. The bingo area will be renovated, and the buffet space will be renovated and expanded.

Work in Black River Falls includes a new 120-room hotel with new entry, expanded and redesigned casino floor with additional 200 slots, high-limit gaming, remodeled buffet with an additional 36 seats and new parking lot.

Work is slated to begin in September. Groundbreaking ceremonies will be announced in the coming weeks.