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STAY A ND PL AY! Welcome to the new Vee Quiva!
READY FOR A WHOLE NEW LEVEL OF FUN? Experience all that the new Vee Quiva
Hotel & Casino has to offer! This gorgeous $135 million destination property in Laveen touts an expansive 70,000-square-foot casino showcasing the best of Las Vegas-style gaming, a beautifully appointed, luxurious 90-room boutique hotel rendered in a style that recalls Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs and a sparkling outdoor pool. You’ll never go hungry with the ample supply of delicious, on-site eateries that offer everything from steak and seafood to burgers and Chinese food. There’s even a coffee shop open around the clock, every day. “Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino will offer the West Valley a unique destination that
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Indian Community are proud to create more than 600 new construction jobs as well as 300 new, permanent part-time jobs
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positively impact the economic growth and development of the Gila River Indian
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is sure to please guests with unparalleled
owns and operates Gila River Casinos,
gaming, dining, entertainment and
which has three popular Valley casinos
accommodations,” said John J. James, CEO of Gila River Casinos.
within the community’s 600 square miles: Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino,
of Vee Quiva casino, which will close at the end of June when the new casino
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and
opens, the new, three-story showcase will
The Gila River Indian Community
positively impact the Gila River Indian Community and the rest of the Valley in numerous ways. “Gila River Casinos and the Gila River
Located next to the current footprint
as a result of building the new Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino. These new jobs will
Community and the state of Arizona,” said Deborah Griffin, President of the Board for Gila River Casinos. So, get ready to get your game on! With more than 950 slot machines, 36 exciting table games, a 16-table Play Poker room and an enormous 550-seat Bingo Park, the hard part is choosing where to start! — GREMLYN BRADLEY-WADDELL
Dear Neighbors, Friends and Gila River Casinos Guests: On the eve of the grand opening of our Community’s latest top-tier entertainment and hospitality offering – the newly updated Vee-Quiva Hotel & Casino – the Gila River Indian Community is excited to see the vision of our past and current leadership become reality. Without the numerous partnerships of many entities across the State of Arizona and the continued support offered by Community members, our neighbors and the residents of Arizona, this gorgeous property would never have been possible. As the Governor of the Gila River Indian Community, you have my heartfelt thanks and the thanks of our Community’s members.
Governor, Gregory Mendoza Gila River Indian Community
Tribal gaming has been a win-win for the State of Arizona since its inception nearly 20 years ago. Tribes like ours have seen a remarkable economic evolution, allowing us to create jobs for our members, provide services for our children and our elderly residents and raise the quality of life for our people. At the same time, Tribal casinos statewide have contributed more than $880 million to the State and to municipalities across Arizona. That money has improved Arizona education and public safety response times and helped our state conserve wildlife and cultivate tourism.
The new Vee-Quiva Hotel & Casino stands as a perfect case in point when it comes to mutual benefits: This $135 million construction project created over 500 new 70,000 gaming floor and our new 90-room boutique hotel will create more than 300 new permanent and construction jobs. Additionally, operating the 100,000-square-foot part-time jobs. The benefits of Vee-Quiva’s increased gaming revenues will flow to our Community, to the State and to our neighboring cities and towns. For these many blessings – and for Arizona’s continued support of a balanced approach to tribal gaming – the Gila River Indian Community stands very grateful indeed. We look forward to seeing you at Vee-Quiva soon! Best, Governor Gregory Mendoza Gila River Indian Community AR-0008014429-01
About the Pima and Maricopa Tribes THE GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY is pleased to announce the opening of its all new Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino in July. This unique and beautiful $135 million project near 51st Avenue and Baseline Road not only elevates the quality of entertainment and hospitality for this growing part of the Valley, but also brings with it more than 300 new permanent and part-time jobs. Initially established by executive order in 1859, the Gila River Indian Community is an alliance between the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee-Posh (Maricopa) Tribes, who formally established a Community constitution in 1939. The Pima and Maricopa people’s history in this part of the stunning Sonoran Desert; however, it goes back much further. The HoHokum, who were ancestors of the Pima, farmed in the region as early as 300 B.C. Much later, around the 1840s (although some say it happened earlier than that), the Maricopa arrived in the vicinity, seeking sanctuary from warring Tribes. The Pima welcomed them, and the two Tribes have lived in unity since. Today, the Pima and Maricopa Tribes have more than 20,000 members and are extremely proud that all three award-winning Gila River Casinos allow the Community to maintain economic sustainability and growth as well as bolster its self-sufficiency, all of which benefit not just Tribal Members, but the greater Phoenix area.
DE VINEDESIGN Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino blends Native American culture with Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design FOR AMIL PEDRO, a self-taught painter and carver from the Gila River Indian Community, the new Vee Quiva Casino & Hotel is much more than guestrooms and gaming areas constructed of concrete and steel. It’s a piece of art itself, an informally elegant gallery infused with symbolic designs that show affinity for the land, where visitors can enjoy his and others’ handiwork up close and become immersed in the Gila River Indian Community’s rich
cultural heritage. Indeed, locally produced art in most every form possible – from paintings, pottery and photography to textiles and sculpture – can be found everywhere within the Frank Lloyd Wright-style walls of Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino. The main floor, for example, features Pedro’s colorful acrylic paintings such as “Victory Dance with Shield” and “Storm over Gila” and more than a dozen of his hand painted gourds are displayed around the premises. Upstairs in the graciously appointed poolside suites, fine paintings by the likes of Pedro and other select contemporary Gila River Indian Community artisans adorn the walls and aesthetically pleasing entry doors feature artistic “wraps” of bold, Southwestern desert-related images ▶ 6
The works of artist and photographer Elaine Blackwater (right) adorn the interior walls.
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wood I use is from this area, from the arrowweed. I cut them, put them in
Even the suites’ interior doors get the special treatment; they’re dressed up with glass inserts etched to resemble
bunches and let them dry, and when I think they’re dry enough, I peel the bark.” He likes to place his arrows inside the
landscape-themed artwork of various Community artists. In addition, many creations by Pedro,
gourds, which are, incidentally, also locally sourced, from a farm east of Casa Grande. Now that the new hotel and casino
Blackwater and others are on display at Lone Butte Casino and Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler. While he is very much a modern-day
are about ready to open, the retired state facilities management employee and former volunteer tracker for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office jokes that he’s
IT’S THE KIND OF REQUEST that would leave many a construction outfit quaking in their steel-toed boots: Build a brand new
procuring materials – like, for example, the carpet for Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino that came from Taipei, the part of the security system that came from Germany or the
painter, Pedro also is an experienced arrow
looking forward to time off after making
70,000-foot Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino
aggregate products that came from local
craftsman, an art the softspoken, 67-year-old Bapchule man learned from his elders and
a slew of new pieces for the place. “The hotel’s got me working hard,”
plus an adjacent 90-room hotel with 6,000 square feet of banquet space and room for
quarries – plus the subsequent approval, fabrication and delivery of such materials
carries on today using traditional elements. “I’m a knapper,” says the 2006 recipient of the Arizona Indian Living Treasure
Pedro says with a laugh, but quickly adds he’s been honored to take part and represent his Community in an amazing
several restaurants and then cap it off with a covered parking garage – but make the project visually stunning, too, blending it
requires near military precision. In order to meet the tight timeline, Schacherbauer says the last several months of construction
Award, referring to the skill of chiseling a material into a hand tool. “I make my own arrowheads from obsidian. The
setting like Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino. “It makes me feel good,” he says.
with the peaceful desert setting. Oh, and, please complete it within the year. Luckily, that’s just the type of challenge
meant there were more than 600 craftsmen and women on site “putting in half a million dollars in materials and labor each day.”
— GREMLYN BRADLEY-WADDELL
BU ILDING PR IDE Builders, architects create visually stunning new Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino — in only a year
Tutor Perini Building Corp. excels at, says vice president Ken Schacherbauer, who’s based at the firm’s Phoenix office. “We specialize in fast-track, complicated projects. It’s what we do, and we know how to do it.” Not that such builds are easy, he adds. With such a rigid timeline, the process of
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doable, he adds, was that the architecture and interior design services were handled
Visitors and guests, for instance, will be dazzled by the clean architectural lines
by the Friedmutter Group, a Las Vegas-
and floating planes of the exterior, similar
based firm that frequently partners with
to Frank Lloyd Wright-style in design and
Tutor Perini. The two organizations
the soothing, earth-toned color palette
understand each other, Schacherbauer says, and the architecture firm’s
inside, which takes its inspiration from saguaro cactus, desert thistle and indigenous
thoughtful architectural interpretations
mountain rocks. Albie Colotto, director of
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design for the Friedmutter Group, says the design team’s goal was to incorporate organic and natural elements whenever possible. “The fertile Sonoran Desert, with
The all new Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino is distinctive in its design.
colorful crops of corn and cotton bolls of Pima cotton, was the muse for the rich textural patterns adorning the exterior façade, reflecting the Gila River Community’s unique relationship with their landscape,” he says. “The graceful river theme flows through the property as a constant and comforting reminder of the Tribe’s history, and sculpted earth and desert plantscaping lead to soothing and welcoming water features at the entry.” Schacherbauer says the interior design is, in a word, breathtaking and puts Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino in a league of its own. “This is going to be the goal for everybody else to try to reach,” he says. — GREMLYN BRADLEY-WADDELL
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BIGGER SELECTION The 950 new slot machines featured in the all new casino will add an additional 104 slots to Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino. These incorporate
The new property features an expansive casino floor with 950
the newest gaming technologies, including popular new games such
slot machines, 36 table games, 16 tables in the Play Poker room (showcasing large Bad Beat Jackpots in a very comfortable setting),
as The Mummy, Jaws and Family Guy. Table games will introduce new and exclusive games to the Valley, such as Crazy 4 Poker, Ultimate
Blackjack tables, nearly-doubled seating capacity in the Bingo Park,
Texas Hold â€™em, Caribbean Stud Poker Progressive and Mississippi
six restaurants, four bars and a Premium Players Club Lounge.
Stud Poker. Guests can win the Bingo Park million dollar prize by
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playing Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino’s Fireball Bingo Park game as Hothead Herbie showers Bingo players with additional fun and prizes. Fortune Pai Gow Poker Progressive has growing jackpots linked at all three Gila River Casino properties (the others are Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and Lone Butte Casino). NEW TECH Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino will be the first casino in Arizona to offer Media Manager on its slot machines. Media Manager is an interactive customer interface that allows casino personnel to communicate
promptly with guests at the game level. Throughout grand opening week — beginning July 2 — showgirls will mingle with guests and pose for pictures with them. Slot machine manufacturer WMS is bringing costumed actors depicting characters in the company’s slot games to Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino to help celebrate the grand opening. At the new Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino, guests can look forward to a 70,000-square foot casino, more than 6,000 square feet of banquet space and 2,800 total parking spaces, including a 1,000-space parking garage. — DEBRA GELBART
GE T T ING T HER E VEE QUIVA HOTEL & CASINO is adjacent to and south of the current Vee Quiva Casino, off 51st Avenue, four miles south of Baseline Road. The address of the new property is 15091 S. Komatke Lane in Laveen.
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DA COACH Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino to showcase NFL great Mike Ditka’s newest eatery WHEN THE ALL NEW VEE QUIVA HOTEL & CASINO opens in July in Laveen, visitors likely will ooh and aah over the $135 million showcase to fun and Lady Luck. The glittery shrine to stakes is sure to be impressive, with its slots, table games, poker and bingo. Yet plenty of guests may come simply to eat at the casino’s flagship restaurant, the new Ditka’s, from Hall of Fame NFL coach Mike Ditka. Here, it’s a sophisticated shrine to steaks, served sizzling and juicy just the way they are at Ditka’s legendary restaurants in Chicago and Pittsburgh.
Chicago Bears legend Mike Ditka brings his newest restaurant to the West Valley and the all new Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino.
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The main entrance to the first Ditka’s restaurant on the West Coast.
Expanding his eatery to the posh casino at 51st Avenue south of Estrella Drive made perfect sense for the former Chicago Bears player and coach. “Phoenix is the perfect fit for Ditka’s,” Ditka said. “There are so many Chicago transplants here, and we are so excited to make our west coast debut in the Valley of the Sun.” At the heart of Ditka’s menu is meat, including the 30-oz. “Ditka Cut” bonein Angus prime rib that’s aged and slow roasted, then smothered in Burgundy mushrooms with horseradish sauce and jus for dipping. Lighter linebacker appetites might go for the 20-oz. rib eye, or the fullpound New York strip, topped Oscar-style in sweet jumbo lump crab meat, asparagus,
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béarnaise sauce and toasted breadcrumbs. Side dishes easily feed two or three diners, from the decadent mac-and-cheese studded with ocean fresh lobster, to aptlynamed-for-its-new-Casino-home Blackjack smashed sweet potatoes. Amid the elegant sports-themed ambience, there’s plenty for non-beef eaters, too. Tasmanian King salmon gets a delicious twist with orange glaze and sticky rice, while Hawaiian Big Eye tuna tempts with the Asian flair of ponzu, cucumber salad, pickled ginger and wasabi. This March, Ditka’s was named one of the 25 Best Athlete-Owned Restaurants in the nation by USA Today. This summer, the Valley will get a taste of why. Details: ditkasrestaurants.com — CAREY SWEET
Custom-made Molteni Oven is ‘the Ferrari of stoves’ IT’S NOT SURPRISING THAT A CHEF would get fired up over a stove. Tool of the trade, and all that. But for the kitchen team at Ditka’s, the Molteni stove that was handmade for the steakhouse isn’t just a work station, it’s a piece of art. The Molteni model was custom made according to the restaurant’s specifications for size, technical characteristics and style, said Gila River Casinos’ CEO John J. James. Crafted of solid steel, the Molteni brand is considered an ultra-luxury jewel by chefs, lauded by one of Italy’s leading food and wine magazines as “the Ferrari of stoves.” They can be found in the kitchens of top restaurants such as Alain Ducasse international, Alinea in Chicago and Dolce&Gabbana’s Gold Restaurant in Milan. According to Businessweek Magazine, the stoves start at $27,000, and can exceed $255,000. Part of the appeal of the stoves, besides their sleek lines
operates as a virtual island, equipped with every detail a
and glossy, sports-car sheen, is the remarkable heat control
chef would typically need to run a multi-cuisine restaurant,
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Come enjoy a culinary adventure at Ditka’s Restaurant, Coffee Shop 24/7, Panda Express, Los Reyes De La Torta, Dunkin Donuts and Fat Burger.
EN T ER T HE NIGH T Nightlife abounds at new Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino THE GAMING FLOOR isn’t the only place to have fun at Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino. Check out the inviting new selection of bars and lounges. Savor a scrumptious filet mignon at Ditka’s, and then while away the night in the bar. Or step into the center of the action at the Square Bar, located just steps from the casino entrance. Sink into a signature martini and catch a live performance at VQ Live, or step outside on the patio to take in the picturesque views of the surrounding desert. — GREMLYN BRADLEY-WADDELL
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(Clockwise from left): After the games and the pool, enjoy The Square Bar; VQ Live; and Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino Events Center.
SHOW T IME Jefferson Starship, Vince Neil, comedian Carlos Mencia headline Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino Grand Opening July 2 LET US ENTERTAIN YOU! When Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino opens to the public on Tuesday, July 2 at 1 p.m., it wonâ€™t be without some exciting entertainment! National headliners are scheduled to appear throughout the month help introduce one-of-a-kind dining options, an expanded gaming floor and a brand new luxury boutique hotel. Popular American rock band Jefferson Starship opens the all-new 6,000 square
Jefferson Starship (top), Vince Neil (far left) and Carlos Mencia will perform at all new Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino.
foot Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino Event Center for the first musical performance
And that’s just the beginning. Be sure to check the website frequently to see which hot
with a show on July 12 and 13. Next up, headliner comedian Carlos Mencia will perform July 19 and 20
acts are coming next to the Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino Event Center, the Valley’s newest entertainment venue!
followed by heavy metal icon Vince Neil who takes the stage on July 26 and 27. All of these performers will be featured
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Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino, a 70,000-square-foot property featuring world-class gaming and extraordinary dining, hosts a Grand Opening on July...