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Kansas casino unveils $20M expansion project; includes new equestrian, events centers

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WICHITA, Kansas — A Kansas casino has unveiled plans to build a meeting center and equestrian center that will enable it to host large horse shows.

The Kansas Star Casino announced the $20 million expansion project Wednesday, The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1yt3JWA ) reported. The meeting center will be 11,000 square feet and the equestrian center will have 183 permanent stalls.

Both facilities are set to open in December.

The casino moved into its permanent location in December 2012. It also has a 300-room hotel on its property and a 42,000-square-foot arena, which can already host rodeos. But arena director Tim Lanier said the new outdoor center will allow the casino to put on a wide variety of horse shows.

PHOTO: In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, Tim Lanier, arena director at Kansas Star Casino, stands inside the new 20,000 sq. ft. equestrian center in Mulvane, Kan. The arena will serve as a warmup arena with 183 permanent horse stalls. The casino moved into its permanent location in December 2012. It also has a 300-room hotel on its property and a 42,000-square-foot arena, which can already host rodeos. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Jaime Green)
In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, Tim Lanier, arena director at Kansas Star Casino, stands inside the new 20,000 sq. ft. equestrian center in Mulvane, Kan. The arena will serve as a warmup arena with 183 permanent horse stalls. The casino moved into its permanent location in December 2012. It also has a 300-room hotel on its property and a 42,000-square-foot arena, which can already host rodeos. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Jaime Green)

"It adds something Kansas doesn't have," he said. "No other equestrian site in the state is at this level, with a hotel and entertainment on the site. In Oklahoma City, they don't have what we have because they don't have a hotel on property, they don't have the entertainment and restaurants that we have on property."

He said he expects the casino to host at least 10 equestrian events next year. He believes the number will increase to 24 in 2016.

Lanier said the planned equestrian center, which will include wash racks and show offices, can add temporary stalls for larger shows. The casino is in discussions to host a show in August that would require 400 stalls, he said.

Dan Ihm, the Kansas Star's assistant general manager, said the events center will host business meetings, weddings, trade shows, conventions and other events.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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