The scale and scope of the Graton Resort & Casino came into sharp focus Wednesday when its doors were thrown open to the media for the first time to show off the $825 million Rohnert Park project.


Graton Resort and Casino unveiled before Nov. 5 opening

  • From left, Greg Sarris Chairman of Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Lori Nelson, VP of communications for Station Casinos and Joe Hasson general manager of the Graton Resort & Casino lead the press on a tour of the Graton Resort and Casino, Wednesday Oct. 2, 2013 in Rohnert Park. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

Inside, the gambling floor, four full-service restaurants, a nine-vendor food marketplace, three bars and an events center take up about five acres — just over a third the floor space of Santa Rosa Plaza.

The space has 11,000 square yards of carpet containing 28 colors and featuring green, blue and red floral patterns, and 32,000 square feet of terrazzo flooring accented with mother of pearl and mirror chips.

From the 34-foot-high ceiling hang 199 chandeliers, many of which feature arrangements of blown pink glass petals that descend like schools of tropical fish over a giant room of faux and painted wood, green-veined marble and stacked cream brick pillars.

Graton Resort And Casino Tour


Central to the scene is the field of 3,000 slot machines — from Ruby Slippers to Big Red Lantern to Dynasty of Gold to Cheers Lucky Round — stretching almost ad far as can be seen and interspersed with poker and blackjack tables and ATMs.

Sarris was in an expansive mood as he and casino general manager Joe Hasson guided reporters around the gambling floor and the surrounding restaurants and food marketplace, each of which can be entered from outside the building.

"I mean, check out the stalls," he said, after urging the group to examine the restrooms, which are finished in marble and wood. "Someone told me, 'I want one of these in my house,'<TH>" he said.

Later, Sarris overruled Hasson and led reporters into a live construction area that was being transformed into the Tony's of North Beach restaurant.

"C'mon, Joe, we've got to give it to them," he said.

At the center of the casino, in the under-construction Sky Bar, he said: "You won't see this anywhere in North America," and pointed upward, where a five-paneled skylight the size of a large executive suite let in the sunlight.

"I was adamant about that skylight," Sarris said. He wanted the casino to be a place where people could see light and know the time of day, he said. The casino also will have clocks.

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