$800 Million Graton Resort & Casino Unveils Sign, Eyes 'Late 2013' Opening

Unveiling comes on the heels of the delivery of the first of its 3,000 slot machines earlier this month.

Workers raise the sign at the $800 million Graton Resort & Casino on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Courtesy photo.
Workers raise the sign at the $800 million Graton Resort & Casino on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Courtesy photo.

The Graton Resort & Casino continued its publicity blitz in advance of its opening later this year, unveiling the sign this week at the $800 million, 320,000-square-foot casino at 630 Park Court in Rohnert Park.

On the heels of the delivery of the first of its 3,000 slot machines earlier this month, casino officials touted the raising of the sign, but were unable to commit to an opening date beyond "late 2013."

The unveiling didn't wow everyone, as local resident C.I. Harry posted on our Facebook page: "Just wanted to say I love the new casino sign on the side of the freeway, thanks for all the traffic!"

Owned by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, the massive facility is being developed and managed on behalf of the tribe by Station Casinos, a Las Vegas-based gaming and hospitality firm that owns and operates numerous hotels, casinos and restaurants throughout Nevada. The casino will feature a full array of gaming, including table games, poker, slot machines and video poker, as well as numerous dining and bar and lounge venues.

Under an agreement between the city and the tribe earlier this year, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria will give $5 million a year for general impacts on the city, $2.4 million a year for impacts to city services, $500,000 a year for public safety, $125,000 a year for gambling treatment and $50,000 a year for storm water runoff and $1 million to the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District. 

What do you think of the sign? Tell us in the Comments below.

Quentin Sr Graves August 22, 2013 at 07:44 PM
would like to see a sports bar with vip rooms
Ernest Giono August 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM
The casino is here and will open soon. The sign is OK. Live with it. If you didn't want the casino here in the first place, you should have spoken up 10 years ago when it was proposed. Too late now.
Steve Broski August 23, 2013 at 01:09 PM
I imagine the guy complaining on Facebook was talking about the (much larger) replacement video billboard that just opened and is unrelated to the casino. I can't imagine the casino signage is very visible from the freeway.
Judd Ames August 23, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Our sign of the times; pun intended. Learn to live with it, indeed.
Dorie McKay August 23, 2013 at 05:47 PM
WHO CARES about a casino sign. It's just a sign. What's the big deal? We all know about this casino, and if one doesn't want to go to the casino, then don't. If one wants to go gamble and explore it, then so be it. Casino's have been here so we got another one. It just happens to be in our 'back yard.' I see it as keeping the cops busy, arresting drinkers when they leave the casino and busting them for DUI's, especially out of towners, who don't know how RP/Cotati/S Rosa PD can crack down and will probably have more sobriety check points in the area of casino, or surrounding areas once the action hits. Watch and see arrests go wayyyy up. It's a given. People do drink and gamble, especially if drinks are free IF they're at a machine pouring money in it, but? I have a feeling that, the drinks won't be 'free' for gamblers here.
Judd Ames August 23, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Steve Broski, others surely realized that about a credited “C.I. Harry” Facebook-lifted post too. Patch copy that plays wow-factor with a press event for a sign, and credits someone whose interests include Hitler’s Mein Kampt, guns, knives, and all things tattooed, seems a double-reach from afar. Yet, given our loss of a local-based RP-C Patch correspondent, Mill Valley-based Patch writer, Jim Welte, deserves consideration. He’s spread thin, reporting for San Rafael Patch, Novato Patch, Sonoma Valley Patch, Patch Mill Valley Patch, Rohnert Park-Cotati, and perhaps others, during the reported national Patch restructuring. http://tinyurl.com/ltmenxr
Bubbasixpack August 24, 2013 at 01:20 PM
This is a great deal for Rohnert Park. The same grade school dropouts who are a drain on our economy will lose their welfare money in the casino, which is run and financed by out of state white guys, but will still pay RP big, out of the losses of these cement heads. The cops get paid to be busy chasing toothless thugs looking at nearby businesses to loot for drug and gambling losses, and the schools will get a boost so they can feed the kids whose dads blew their lunch money at the craps table. The twelve residents of RP who actually finished grade school with a full set of teeth and no tattoos get cleaner streets, better police protection, and the satisfaction of watching their neighbors get hauled off after blowing their paycheck at the casino. The only looser here is the Indians, who are getting used again by the White man for profit.
Dorie McKay August 24, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Does anyone see anything good coming out of this casino?? The above post is pretty biased and stereo typing. Initially the casino's opening wks will draw many ppl from all over the bay area, wanting to stay at the hotel, experience dining, do a little gambling then go home. Surely, the security will be heightened, and being lawful will be enforced and they will be ready for it. I'm not much of a gambler; can count on 1 hand how many times I've gambled in my entire life, been to reno once, vegas once. Not my thing. But am local enough to be curious about this one, what about the other casino's in our county? Do they have problems w/ crime and violence? Haven't heard a thing about that... why borrow trouble before it has even arrived??
Bubbasixpack August 24, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Casinos bring crime, prostitution, and drugs to the area around them wherever they are. That's why this is such a good fit for RP. We won't notice any difference at all.
Judd Ames August 25, 2013 at 12:15 AM
We all have biases, Dorie McKay. Oft-deleted trash talker “Bubbasixpack” prefers sharing his with inanity, cheap shots and fiction.
Dorie McKay August 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM
LOL!! Thanks Judd.. didn't know "Bubba" was deleted often.. Ah, I take any entirely negative opinion or post from people with a grain of salt. Bubbasixpack, needs to cite facts, to back up his point about prostitution, drugs to the area, and 'crime.' For one thing, drugs have always been ALL OVER, period, in the country. Hookers are legal in Nevada, and if there's some ladies of the night hangin' around the new Casino, VICE will probably go undercover to bust that, I could care less about hookers, I'm a woman, LOL, and I would imagine, people should watch their pockets, or purses as women, watch out for muggings if they leave a casino, carry some pepper spray, and wear a cross body purse and take sensible caution. The cops will be out there, and as far as his RP is a 'good fit' for crime, he needs to watch the local nightly news; it's all in the east bay, and I love our area here Judd, RP-Cotati feels safe, friendly, and good people everywhere.. I used to live in SF, where there was ATTITUDE, bad weather, freezing fog, windy hills, no parking, rude rude waitpersons, retail persons, long lines, and I HATED THAT PLACE. Love it here... as a city person, am lookin' forward to a little color being brought to life here. A little night life, and it will be fun to explore if not do any serious gambling. And I hope they have some music talent goin' on, dancing, and other cool things besides gambling. Ah we can expect busloads of litttle old ladies arriving too, lol, like any casino has. Joy is where u find it, am not one bit worried about CRIME.
Bubbasixpack August 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM
As long as we're on the subject of deleting losers, Patch is going to delete RP.
Dorie McKay August 25, 2013 at 01:52 PM
BUBBASIXPACK.. from your post, it appears you are 2 hrs later than PDT, which indicates you are not a Rohnert Park resident which may suggest that you're in another state; which implies, that you may not know RP or our area except to post trolling remarks here.
Bubbasixpack August 25, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Grew up on Roblar Rd, went to Sonoma State (they called it Granola U then- what ain't fruits or nuts is flakes), own a house in RP. Patch time is now coming from New York, the first step in deletion. The next time I'll see you is at Montezuma's revenge, gettin robbed by a one armed bandit.
Judd Ames August 25, 2013 at 04:11 PM
He’s not worth your “grain of salt,” Dorie McKay. Says he owns in RP, yet previously wrote: “Those bums at Wyndover are driving Cadillac Escalades, a $70,000 vehicle. I'd buy one too, but I need that money to pay rent...” And you’d think a former SSU student would know the difference ‘twixt its and it’s, and to and too. His not-to-be-believed spew is a well-known variation of his “Montezuma's revenge”…diarrhea of the mouth. Just another angry cheap-shot poiser seeking attention, he’s not worth yours, and certainly no more of mine.
Dorie McKay August 25, 2013 at 07:04 PM
JUDD.... : )
Bubbasixpack August 26, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Poiser? Its vs it's? Is that the best you can do? Attack my spelling? Every thing I have said is true. I own property. I also rent property. Try this, kids- stay on topic. The argument is that the casino will bring trouble, as it always has to other communities. Rohnert Park already has enough problems. The casino will bring more, but the gaming barons, using the Indians as their ticket, are willing to pay in order to pollute RP. They must feel they can fleece enough people and make a big enough killing to easily pay the fees. Who'll pay this money? Gamblers. Where will they come from? RP.
Drew Drew August 30, 2013 at 03:37 PM
First off drinks are not free, only non alcoholic, it is illegal to give out free drinks in California. Second, this casino will help jobless employee's in the area and I feel will help R.P economy. Look at all the new business coming up in the area, I feel housing market can only benefit from this casino. You have employee's from Sacramento, Las Vegas, all over the state coming to work here. More people coming into R.P means more money spent. Now you have a place that is open 24 hours a day to go eat or have some entertainment. What nightlife do we have in the North Bay? Live with it. If you don't want to live near a casino then move to Hawaii, Texas, or Utah. Every other state in this country has card rooms and casino's..
Quentin Sr Graves September 14, 2013 at 01:15 PM
bubbasixpack needs to go back to porter valley
Ralph Hutchinson September 17, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Once again seems as though a majority of the posts are against the casino.


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