Winnebago Tribe, Nebraska Horsemen break ground on Lincoln casino

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Construction on Lincoln’s WarHorse Casino is now underway.

Tuesday morning, community leaders met to take the first steps in building the new development.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be at this moment,” said Lori Thomas, chief operating officer of the Nebraska Horsemen.  “It’s been a long time coming since 2020, when the expanded gaming initiatives passed, so it’s a great moment for Nebraska horse racing in particular. It’s also great for all of Nebraska and Lincoln.”

About 65% of Nebraskans voted to allow some casinos in the state, the first step toward this one being built.

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association have partnered to build the $200 million-plus casino.

During the groundbreaking, members of the project celebrated the progress they’ve made and kicked off an anticipated 18 months of construction.

“More dirt-moving, more scaffolding, more hard hats running around, and we’re looking forward to it,” Thomas said.

The facility will not only house a casino and horse racing track, but also a hotel, several dining options and a parking garage for visitors.

The project will be completed in phases, meaning visitors won’t have to wait long to enjoy some features.

Right now, there are plans to open up 440 slot machines early this fall.

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