After more than 10 years of planning, strategy and vision, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi opened the doors to FireKeepers Casino in August of 2009. The property features a 111,700-square foot gaming floor with 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, multiple restaurants and lounges, a live poker room and bingo room. This $300 million project created a unique gaming destination in the mid-west all while initially creating 1,500 jobs for the local community. FireKeepers Casino Hotel is located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek, Michigan and is a favorite gaming destination for residents in central and southern Michigan, northern Indiana and wetern Ohio.
Less than two years later, on March 1, 2011, FireKeepers Casino broke ground on a major expansion. This initiative included an 8-story resort-style hotel and expanded Bingo room. During this construction phase the tribe’s commitment to local spending resulted in awarding contracts that total more than $25 million to the State of Michigan.
FireKeepers hotel expansion opened its doors to the public on December 12, 2012. The expansion showcased a 243 room resort-style hotel complete with indoor pool, exercise facility, full service restaurant named Smoke ‘n Fire, and business center. The addition also features a functional multi-purpose event center that is capable of seating up to 2,000 guests as a concert venue. When not in use as a concert venue for superstar performers such as Tony Bennett, ZZ Top and Tim Allen, the versatile space can accommodate banquets, corporate meetings, trade shows, and other events. This expansion included bringing 300 additional jobs to the Battle Creek area.
In 2015, after just over two years of operation FireKeepers Casino Hotel received the AAA-rated Four Diamond award