Pinnacle Breaks Ground in St. Louis

Pinnacle Entertainment, broke ground today on its casino, luxury hotel and spa project in
downtown St. Louis.  The Company’s $400 million development is one of the most
ambitious construction projects in St. Louis and will create a unique
destination resort in the shadow of the famed Gateway Arch.Pinnacle’s site is adjacent to the St. Louis convention district and the
Laclede’s Landing entertainment district.  The world-class resort will open in
2007 and will include a 90,000-square-foot casino, a 200-room luxury hotel,
spa, business center, fine restaurants, and 12,000-square-feet of meeting and
convention space.  The project is estimated to create 4,500 jobs: 700
construction jobs, 1,300 permanent jobs, and an additional 2,500 ancillary
service jobs in the region.
  “We scheduled this ground breaking long before Hurricane Katrina
devastated the Gulf Coast.  Our thoughts and prayers are focused on the
victims of the hurricane, including our own employees and their families,”
said Daniel R. Lee, Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Entertainment.
“Nevertheless, our plans for downtown St. Louis are ready, our contractor is
chosen and it is time to begin building the foundations.
  “Our ceremony today is therefore not so much a celebration as a
commemoration of the investment we are making in the City of St. Louis.  We
will build a destination here that will help to lead the revitalization of the
City’s urban core.  We will also rebuild our property in Biloxi, Mississippi,
which was severely damaged by the hurricane.  As in St. Louis, we intend to be
a good neighbor and an important contributor to the revitalization of the Gulf
Coast region,” Lee said.
  The Company recently announced the selection of McCarthy Building
Companies of St. Louis as the general contractor.  Marnell Corrao Associates
of Las Vegas leads the design team, which will incorporate open space and a
contemporary ambiance for this project in a design inspired by Frank Lloyd
Wright.  The project will feature a soaring tower with a dramatic light
feature that will become a new icon along the St. Louis riverfront.
  Pinnacle also recently announced the acquisition of the Embassy Suites
Hotel adjacent to the site and approximately 3 acres of additional land in the
area, giving the Company the opportunity to master plan an 18-acre
redevelopment area north of the Gateway Arch.
  The Company was selected for two St. Louis-area projects in early 2004 by
the City and County of St. Louis, and then by the Missouri Gaming Commission
in competitive bid processes that included applications from several gaming
companies.  In addition to the downtown project, the Company plans to build a
$375 million casino, hotel and entertainment complex in the Lemay community of
St. Louis County.
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