Turning Stone Resort & Casino

Turning Stone Resort Casino

Table-level view of live poker at Turning Stone
Location in central New York
Location Verona, New York
Address 5218 Patrick Road
Opening date July 16, 1993 (1993-07-16)
Number of rooms 709 (across four hotels)[1]
Casino type Land-based
Owner Oneida Indian Nation
Renovated in 1997 (addition of hotel)
2004 (second hotel tower)
2010-2012 (renovation of existing hotel building)
Coordinates 43°06′54″N 75°35′20″W / 43.115°N 75.589°W / 43.115; -75.589
Website turningstone.com

Turning Stone Casino Resort is a resort owned and operated by the Oneida Indian Nation in Verona, New York.

The facility opened on July 20, 1993, and offers golf amenities (on- and off-site golf courses, one of PGA Tour quality, and an indoor golf dome), an RV park, an amusement arcade, many restaurants, spas, Bingo, Keno, table games, and many types of reel and video slot machines. Until the Seneca Niagara Casino opened in 2002, it was the only land-based casino in New York. The resort is a popular tourist destination in central New York State and has received numerous awards in the industry.

Construction and expansion

The casino, and associated hotel for visitors and conventions, was conceived as a revenue-generating enterprise to aid in economic and social development of the Oneida Indian Nation. It was developed at a time when Native American sovereignty and the right to establish gaming casinos on reservations had survived court challenges. Development of the casino was opposed by some both within and outside the Oneida Nation. As a fall-back plan, the Oneida Indian Nation had the casino designed so that it could be adapted as a small shopping mall, if necessary.[2]

The land upon which the Casino is located was acquired from Ibrahim Batca and his family in two transactions in 1992 and 1993.[3] Construction of an on-site hotel and a bingo hall began in 1994. The Bingo Hall's construction was completed in 1995. Disagreements over the hotel plans delayed its construction for a year.[4] The hotel's original design plans had the hotel and casino separate, connected only by an outdoor walkway. Because of the delay, the hotel plans were re-designed to combine the hotel and casino into one structure. This new design allowed the Oneida Indian Nation to offer more services, including a pool, a spa, and a gym. Additionally, the combination created a larger and more formal lobby to serve both the hotel and casino to be one structure.

In 1997 the Oneidas paid for construction of a water tower near the casino and donated it to the Town of Verona, as one of their community contributions. The water tower has a capacity to hold 1,000,000 gallons of water. In 2005 the Nation consumed 600,000 gallons per day, which was four times the amount guaranteed to them under an agreement with the Town of Verona. In about July 2005 the Town of Verona notified the Nation that after 5:00 p.m. on August 2, 2005, the water would be shut off after the tribe had used the 150,000 gallons of water that is guaranteed under the agreement. Just hours before this deadline, the Oneida tribe began paying for a new water pump to be installed to provide the needed water capacity for the casino and resort.[5]

In 2002 construction of a gaming expansion and showroom were completed to provide the only Ticketmaster-approved venue in the area.[6] The popularity of the casino provided sufficient revenue for the OIN to build second and third hotels at the site to satisfy demand. Construction of the new hotel was finished in late 2004. One of the hotels is the tallest structure between Syracuse and Albany to serve the common guest; the other hotel is a luxury resort that caters to golf customers and fans.[7] DeSimone Consulting Engineers is the structural engineering firm for the project. [8]


The Turning Stone Casino and Resort hosted NESN and YES Network's Boston vs. New York Poker Challenge for two seasons.

The casino hosts several shows throughout the year, featuring musicians (KISS, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Fergie, Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani, No Doubt, Jordin Sparks, Alicia Keys & Wayne Newton), comedians (Bill Cosby) and other entertainment groups (Purrrfect Angels). The Irish Rovers play their two 2014 St Patrick's Day Concerts at the resort.

The resort's Atunyote Golf Club, located on tribal land, hosted the Turning Stone Resort Championship, a PGA Tour event, from 2007 through 2010. It was dropped from the tour schedule over a 2011 scheduling dispute.[9] In 2006, it hosted the B.C. Open on the PGA Tour in July and the PGA Professional National Championship, which returns in 2016.[10]

Alcohol and smoking

On October 3, 2007, the New York State Liquor Authority denied the Oneida Nation’s applications to serve alcohol at their golf courses.[11] After delaying a decision for a month, the liquor board told the Oneida Indian Nation it cannot issue permits while unsettled sovereignty issues between the tribe and the state (related to land issues) are being litigated in court. "The Liquor Authority said the applications were disapproved without prejudice, and the Nation can reapply for the licenses after the reservation issue is solved."[12]

While the Nation's applications were pending before the Liquor Authority, the Resort did not allow any kind of alcohol on the premises, as part of their application.[13] Since the Liquor Authority's denial on the applications, the Oneida Indian Nation has lifted the alcohol ban in the resort.

Smoking is allowed around the resort; non-smoking sections have been established and expanded in all areas.



Coordinates: 43°06′54″N 75°35′20″W / 43.115°N 75.589°W / 43.115; -75.589

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