California: Sky River considers new hotel, convention center as casino rides early hot streak

California: Sky River considers new hotel, convention center as casino rides early hot streak

Article brief provided by The Sacramento Bee
  • Darrell Smith, The Sacramento Bee
February 22, 2023 3:49 PM

Better than expected business at Elk Grove’s new Sky River Casino could soon lead to a hotel and convention center on the site.

Plans for both date back to Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming’s December 2021 purchase of the casino site near Highway 99 and Kammerer Road. Boyd president and CEO Keith Smith said at the time Wilton Rancheria and Boyd “will have the most dynamic casino and hospitality development site in all of Northern California,” including a convention center that Smith said would stand as one of the region’s largest.

Now six months after the $500 million Sky River’s surprise August opening, Boyd officials say the casino’s performance is more than strong enough for developers to consider the expansion.