California: Eagle Mountain Casino breaks ground on new Porterville location


he casino officially broke ground in Porterville -- a big win not only for the casino but also the Tule River Tribe.

The casino will be relocated about 20 miles from its former location, now to the Reservations' 40 acres located near the Porterville Airport off Highway 65.

The casino is expected to create more than 300 construction jobs and an additional 200 jobs in casino operations. The relocation to Porterville will also offer a more centralized location for casino guests.

Eagle Mountain Casino's General Manager Matthew Mingrone said, "It's more than just slot machines and table games. It's really about water first and foremost and the well-being of the tribal members."

Mingrone said, "We are going to have a sports bar and grill, a 2,000-seat events center and we are going to have a great locals destination."

The casino is slated to open in December of 2022.