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Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant Kicks Off Grand Opening Weekend for Luxury Sky Tower

August 5, 2021

Sky Tower

(DURANT, OKLA.) August 5, 2021 – Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Okla., officially opened its new luxury resort expansion today that features a 1,000-room, 21-story Sky Tower Hotel, an expanded gaming experience plus elevated amenities, two new pools (coming soon), restaurants, lounges and entertainment options, and a world class collection of Choctaw art. Located in southeastern Oklahoma just a little over an hour’s drive from North Texas, the newly expanded Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant is one of the largest in the U.S.

With a goal to elevate the overall guest experience in order to meet the demands of a growing customer base from North Texas and beyond, Choctaw invested $600 million in the luxury entertainment destination that is an easy drive from DFW offering a resort-style experience making guests feel like they truly are on vacation.

“We are so excited to welcome our guests to the newly expanded Choctaw Casino & Resort–Durant, a modern entertainment destination for all,” said Heidi Grant, Executive Officer of Gaming & Hospitality. “Every detail is intentional. From the world class collection of Choctaw art that lines the walls, walkways, and even the ceilings, to modern, luxury hotel rooms and bright and airy spaces throughout the property, Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant is an elevated casino experience that’s close to home.”

Grand Opening Weekend Festivities (August 6-8)

In celebration of the expansion, Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant is hosting a weekend’s worth of festivities and events, including:

  • $1 million in cash drawings
  • Concert by Grammy Award winning Dan + Shay, August 6, 8pm
  • Live entertainment
  • Photos ops
  • DJ in The District

The party continues through the end of the month with an additional $800,000 in cash giveaways and interactive exhibits that allow everyone to get in on the action. Among the special exhibits are:

Find Yourself at Choctaw – a Digital Mosaic Experience Brought in Partnership with Coca-Cola

Located in the South Entrance to the Sky Tower, this interactive experience takes photos of participating guests and adds them to a larger-than-life digital mosaic. Guests who join in the fun can find themselves on the mosaic August 6 to 8, August 13 to 14, August 20 to 21 and August 27 to 28. All who participate receive a printout of their photo, access to the digital mosaic made up of all the collected images, and exclusive giveaways.

A Live Art Installation Brought to You in Partnership with Coca-Cola

Watch the history of Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant come to life through the eyes and work of celebrated Choctaw artists Steven Paul Judd, Antonia Belindo, Dylan Cavin, D.G. Smalling and more. Each weekend in August one artist will host a live art installation, capturing history in real time for all to witness. Watch the artists at work.

August 6 to 8, August 13 to 14, August 20 to 21 and August 27 to 28 in the Sky Tower South Entrance.


Photos: For images of the expansion, click here.

For b-roll video footage of the expanded resort: click here.

For commentary from Choctaw leadership: click here. See below for names and titles:


Jeff Penz, GM Choctaw Casino & Resort–Durant

Topic: Guest experience, what is new in the Sky Tower, why we did the expansion.


Janie Dillard, Executive Officer of Operations for the Division of Commerce

Topic: What the expansion means to the Choctaw people through the lens of your experience


Heidi Grant, Executive Officer of Gaming & Hospitality

Topics: Guest experience and art

Wendy Carter, Assistant General Manager

Topic: Guest experience, what’s new


Media Contact: Kristina Humenesky / [email protected] / (580) 380-5967




About Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Okla.

Located an hour north of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex lies a AAA Four Diamond resort and entertainment destination in southeastern Oklahoma. Choctaw Casino & Resort–Durant is a three-level convention/entertainment venue offering more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and convention space with seating for more than 3,000. Resort amenities include swimming, shopping, dining, a spa, and the region’s premier entertainment complex, The District, with dining, drinks, 20 bowling lanes, a 70-game arcade, and state-of-the-art movie theater. In August 2021, a major expansion added the Sky Tower: 21 stories high featuring 1,000 new luxury hotel rooms, 3,300 additional slot machines, table games, a new poker room, new restaurants, bars, movie theaters and three-acres of swimming pools. For more information, visit choctawcasinos.com.


About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company with products sold in more than 200 countries and territories. Our company’s purpose is to refresh the world and make a difference. We sell multiple billion-dollar brands across several beverage categories worldwide. Our portfolio of sparkling soft drink brands includes Coca-Cola, Sprite and Fanta. Our hydration, sports, coffee and tea brands include Dasani, smartwater, vitaminwater, Topo Chico, Powerade, Costa, Georgia, Gold Peak, Honest and Ayataka. Our nutrition, juice, dairy and plant-based beverage brands include Minute Maid, Simply, innocent, Del Valle, fairlife and AdeS. We’re constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. We seek to positively impact people’s lives, communities and the planet through water replenishment, packaging recycling, sustainable sourcing practices and carbon emissions reductions across our value chain. Together with our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, helping bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at www.coca-colacompany.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.



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