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Construction begins for new Ponca casino on I-35 north of Perry

PERRY – Construction is now underway for the new Fancy Dance Casino to be placed north of Perry, according to Ponca Enterprise Gaming, a subsidiary of the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma.

In May 2019, Ponca Enterprise Gaming made the announcement that the casino will be located at the intersection of Interstate 35 and US-412/Cimarron Turnpike in Noble County. This intersection is used for travelers in northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas to connect with Wichita, Tulsa, Enid and Oklahoma City. The casino is expected to be complete within 9 months.

Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates is serving as the project’s architect, CP&Y, Inc. as the engineering firm and Timberlake Construction as the general contractor, all of which are Oklahoma City firms. Woodward-based Cardinal Engineering is the civil engineer of choice.

“The new Fancy Dance Casino will be a source of revenue and stable employment for the Ponca Tribe and residents for years to come,” Richard Lonsinger, Ponca Enterprise Gaming CEO said. “The selection of three Oklahoma-based companies is a prime example of how quickly it will begin making a difference for Oklahomans. We’re proud to be the source of such great economic impact not only to surrounding counties but also to our tribe’s members.”

Upon completion, the 10,000-square-foot building will house nearly 290 electronic gaming machines, and employ 90 full-time and part-time employees, the statement said.

Global Gaming Solutions, a Chickasaw Nation business specializing in casino operation, is acting as developer and consultant for Fancy Dance Casino.

“The expertise Global Gaming Solutions brings to the Fancy Dance Casino ensures future patrons will have the best possible experience when they visit,” Lonsinger said. “We’re happy to have the opportunity to work with leading industry experts, and we look forward to providing a top-notch entertainment experience to residents and visitors.”

In 2018, another site considered for another casino location was Enid. City commissioners voted against it in December 2018.

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