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Ilani Casino’s Meeting and Entertainment Center Promises to Make Waves

An additional 10,000 square feet of meeting space is announced in honor of the Cowlitz Tribe’s 23rd anniversary of federal recognition.

By Kate Linggi

The ilani casino in Ridgefield, Washington, just north of Portland, is on its way to a major makeover. In celebration of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s 23rd annual anniversary of federal recognition, its Meeting and Entertainment Center will be expanded by nearly 70% with the addition of 10,000 square feet of space—a lucrative move to draw business and attract event planners, organizers, and entertainers. The space, which will feature an interior design reminiscent of the tribe’s history, will also include additional below-ground office space, a boardroom, and an enclosed smoking area with games.

Woman at podium discussing ilani's new Meeting and Entertainment Center. March 22, 2023
Announcement event for ilani’s Meeting and Entertainment Center expansion CREDIT ilani

“This development is the latest phase in the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s long-term master plan, and it was always our goal to be able to offer flexible, mixed-use space,” says Kara Fox-LaRose, president and general manager of ilani.

Image of groundbreaking event for ilani's Meeting and Entertainment Center expansion. March 22, 2023
Expansion groundbreaking event CREDIT ilani

Ilani’s Meeting and Entertainment Center is no stranger to big names, as the space has hosted legendary acts such as Pitbull and Boyz II Men since its opening in 2018, along with myriad other events and gatherings.

Additionally, the expansion will be a profitable asset to the Cowlitz Tribe and community. The ability for the casino to maintain economic momentum via their hosting of events and entertainment is directly tied to the Tribe’s livelihood, and the additional space will sustain the investments on the reservation.

Image of another woman at podium discussing the Meeting and Entertainment Center expansion. March 22, 2023
The expansion of the Meeting and Entertainment Center will help support the economic well-being of the Cowlitz Tribe and community. CREDIT ilani

Above all, ilani is committed to curating a guest’s positive experience. While the casino is in simultaneous preparation for their luxury hotel opening, this space will be both convenient and compelling.

Rendering of expanded gathering spaces at the Meeting and Entertainment Center. March 22, 2023
Rendering of expanded gathering spaces at the Meeting and Entertainment Center CREDIT ilani

“Being able to enhance the overall ilani experience for our guests is something we look forward to most,” adds Fox LaRose. “… This new expansion will only further build the Meeting & Entertainment Center’s reputation as a marquee venue in the Pacific Northwest, drawing more interest to our region.”

Rendering of exterior of expanded event center. March 22, 2023
Rendering of exterior of expanded event center CREDIT ilani

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