The $800 million Graton Resort & Casino will open for business Tuesday, Nov. 5, casino officials announced Thursday.
What will be the Bay Area's largest casino is owned by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. It is managed by Station Casinos of Las Vegas.
The gambling palace, located on the outskirts of Rohnert Park, is 326,000 square feet in size and will have 3,000 slot and video poker machines, as well as 13 restaurants.
The opening comes after almost exactly a decade of announcements, lawsuits, controversy and bureaucratic hurdles.
Casino general manager Joe Hasson said that as many as 6,000 people are expected on opening day to play the slots and 144 table games and visit the poker rooms, restaurants and food marketplace.
"I think we'll approach those numbers," he said.
Many will be brought in by bus and limo from around the Bay Area and beyond.
"I think you'll see every kind of transportation at our door on opening day," he said.
Some fanfare is planned, but what exactly that will look like is still being crafted, Hasson said.
The casino has just over 900 people on its payroll at this point, and Hasson said 2,000 permanent employees will be in place before the Nov. 5 opening.