Oneida Indian Nation plans to open Oz-themed casino in Chittenango As New York State opens the door to more casinos, the Oneida Indian Nation is spreading its wings as well. Nation leaders announced plans for a new $20-million casino in Chittenango, with a Wizard of Oz theme. Renderings show a 67,000 square foot facility with more than 430 slot machines and a bingo hall with seats for 500 players. Visitors will have a couple of dining options, a bar, and a store. An opening date for the “Yellow Brick Road Casino” is projected for this spring. The theme honors Oz because Chittenango is the hometown of L. Frank Baum, who wrote the book “Wonderful Wizard of Oz”.
But, the village’s Deputy Mayor Mike Sudol said Chittenango has had a positive relationship with the Oneida Nation in recent years, particularly regarding the marketing of connections to L. Frank Baum and Oz. The village holds Oz-stravaganza each year…and has had financial support from the Oneida Indian Nation.
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