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.
The event was part of a well-orchestrated marketing campaign for the casino that is gathering steam in advance of the facility's planned Nov. 5 opening.
"What you see is $825 million worth of work," said Greg Sarris, chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, which owns the casino.
"What you see is what $825 million buys you," he said, standing by the six-lane, glass-enclosed valet entrance on the casino's north entrance. Nearby was a small fleet of black Cadillac Escalade SUVs bearing the casino logo. Sarris' voice competed with the sound of construction machinery hurrying to finish the job.
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.