Ho-Chunk postpone ribbon cutting in Wittenberg

The ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for Thursday for the new gaming area at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg has been postponed.

The Ho-Chunk gaming management issued a statement apologizing for any inconvenience caused by the change in plans.

“We are very excited to open our doors for all of our valued guests to enjoy the extended gaming floor and added amenities,” said Tracy Pecore, director of marketing. “It has been many years in the planning stages to make the Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg expansion a reality and we’ve come a long way since the doors first opened in 2008.”

Pecore did not provide a reason for the delay or announce a new date for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The ceremony had been planned as a “soft opening” of the new gaming floor area.

The expanded area includes more slot machines, a non-smoking gaming area, high-limits area and renovation of the bar.

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 included an additional 272 slot machines and 10 new table games.

Pecore noted the added Rewards Play offers are still valid until midnight.