History of Seneca Gaming Corporation: Humble Beginnings

Compared to the 3 successful gaming and resort properties we know today, the Seneca Gaming Corporation had rather humble beginnings. In early 2002, the Seneca Nation of Indians entered into the Nation-State Gaming Compact with New York State, securing exclusive rights to build and operate three Class III gaming facilities in Western New York. By August, the Nation purchased the then-defunct Niagara Falls Convention Center.  Just 100 days later, Seneca Niagara Casino opened its doors.  The 26-story hotel tower was erected within three years, and Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino was off to the races as a premier gaming and resort destination.

Development continued, as the Seneca Allegany Casino carved an impressive footprint into the foothills of the Allegany Mountains. The casino opened in the spring of 2004, followed by the 413-room hotel three years later. Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino complemented its extensive offerings with a sprawling Events Center by May 2008.

In addition to making its mark in Niagara and Allegany Counties, the Nation was ready to offer Erie County something it had never seen – non-stop gaming action in the heart of Buffalo’s Cobblestone District. Opening preliminarily in 2007, the permanent gaming facility was in full swing by the summer of 2013.  After a $40 million expansion, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino brought it all – including a pub-style version of the famed Western Door Steakhouse – to the Queen City.