Eastern Shawnee Tribe’s new $85 million casino and hotel will be open to the public today at noon.

Indigo Sky Casino, located in western Ottawa County on Hwy. 60, just west of Seneca, Mo. will feature, among other things, a 45,000-square-foot gaming floor.

John Ervin, assistant general manager of the casino, said the staff is very excited to finally arrive at this day.

“This process started a year and a half ago, and after working here every day, it’s exciting seeing the fruits of our labor and how everything is coming together,” he said.

Ervin said they have been working 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the project is better than they imagined it would be.

“This is more than we envisioned,” he said. “It’s really a testament to the vision of the business committee, Red Stone and the management team.

Red Stone Construction is the Native American Construction Company based out of Tulsa that built the project.

The casino/resort, which also features a 117-room hotel with 19 suites, has an upscale décor that is intended to be a showpiece, Ervin said.

The Shawanoe Restaurant, that features Southwest flavors including bison and cabrito, is expected to be very popular. He said they encourage customers to make reservations.

“We expect a good turnout,” said Ervin. “Right now we are going to be reservation driven.”

Ervin said waiting for a table at the restaurant, of course, would not necessitate a boring time sitting on a bench waiting for your number to be called.

“We’ll provide buzzers and while you wait you can go play your favorite games until your table is ready,” he said.

The Three Sisters Food court will be available with a 24-hour Woodland Grill; fresh deli sandwiches at the Ridge Café and the Stone Valley Pizza will serve pizza and pasta.

The bingo room, which will include smoking and non-smoking sections, will feature another restaurant.

In addition to the more than 1270 slot machines, the attention getter is The Echo Bar, featuring a large blue filament style chandelier, artistic lighting and lighted bar. The open area bar is designed to incorporate musicians or even a piano bar options in the future.

The tribe’s original casino, Bordertown casino, which has been open since 1987, was to close at midnight Tuesday, 12 hours before the new casino opens. Tribal officials said they haven’t yet decided what they will do with the old building.

Right now, all efforts are focused on the opening of the new casino and hotel. The hotel will also be open at the same time.

Ervin said they want people to be able to experience the luxury that will be a standard.

“We want people to feel like they’ve been treated like a V.I.P., that’s our goal,” he said.