Back in January 2007, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Tribal Council approved a massive $650 million expansion for Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel. The project has taken six years to complete, and today the resort proudly held its Grand Re-Opening Celebration in honor of the completion of the monumental upgrade. At today’s press conference, that showcased the new capabilities of the facility, General Manager Brooks Robinson said, “The six hundred and fifty-million dollar expansion brought many things. Of course the big thing is the one hundred fifty-thousand square feet of gaming space, followed by ten outstanding restaurants we have including Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Paula Deen’s Kitchen, Johnny Rockets, and many more, along with eleven hundred hotel rooms, and an event center that seats over thirty five-hundred guests.” WRGC also had the opportunity to speak with Chief of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian, Michell Hicks, and ask him how the casino’s new facilities, having now been completed, effect the tribe. “Well I think we can now consider ourselves a resort,” he replied. “We now have all of the assets you would find, pretty much, anywhere in the United States, with golf, and the spa, and the entertainment, and from a revenue perspective that gives us more opportunity than we have ever had. The last five years have been fairly tough. We have managed through some tough times, but we are starting to see a bit of an up trend. We are just hoping that continues, so we can take these resources and push them out and put them back into our community.” Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel is kicking of its celebration tonight with a performance by Darius Rucker, followed by Blake Shelton tomorrow night, and, Super Bowl performer, Alicia Keys headlines on Wednesday evening.