TEMECULA, California — The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians has announced the upcoming completion of its $300 million expansion to the Pechanga Resort and Casino. The expansion includes a new AAA Four Diamond 568-room and suite hotel wing, a 4.5-acre pool complex, two new restaurants and an additional event space.
With its new event center, Pechanga Summit, the expansion doubles the available space for meetings, trade shows, events and concerts. Encompassing 40,000 square feet, Pechanga Summit has five divisible sections. The largest section is 18,257 square feet with four 5,987-square-foot periphery sections. An indoor prefunction area and 15 second-floor meeting rooms wrap around the space on three sides for a total 68,000 square feet.
Two of the 15 breakout rooms are VIP meeting rooms that overlook the event center and include retractable chandeliers; a ceiling catwalk for lighting, sound and event rigging; and a dedicated banquet kitchen right outside the new space. Each room is accompanied by a video monitor.
“What really sets us apart is how the indoor space flows into natural mountain views of the surrounding environment, including a poolside lawn area with a 4.5-acre lagoon-style pool complex with fire pits, a fourth-floor rooftop garden and private event lawn space,” said Scott Wilson, director of sales at Pechanga Resort and Casino. “Also unique are the nods to the culture of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians in the architecture, decor and native plants.”
With the entire project nearing completion this month, members of the tribal council and the board of directors took time for reflection.
“This $300 million project is a long-term investment to help cement Pechanga and Southern California Wine Country as a complete and refined destination experience,” said tribal chairman Mark Macarro. “It is the beginning of the next chapter of Pechanga Resort and Casino and an important milestone in our history. This expansion prepares our tribe for the next quarter-century and positions our tribal government and community for success in the 21st century and beyond.”
Economists from Beacon Economics estimate that Pechanga’s expansion resulted in an output to the region of more than $550 million and the creation of 560 jobs per year.