Talking Stick Resort and Casino is typically bustling with gamblers, bachelor parties and hotel guests on a Friday night.

But the casino will enter its third week of closure and remain closed indefinitely after a monsoon storm caused a major power outage Aug. 11, resort officials said in a statement Friday.

Water from multiple storms caused serious water damage to the main and backup generators, forcing the casino, near the Loop 101 freeway and Indian Bend Road on the Salt River Reservation, to evacuate players, about 600 hotel guests and employees.

Power sources for the hotel-casino were severely damaged by the storms, which prevented the resort from restoring power to the property and resulted in a longer-than-expected closure, casino officials said.

“While we are unable to provide a reopening date for the resort at this time, we are diligently working to restore operations to the highest level of excellence and look forward to welcoming back our guests and employees as soon as possible,” the statement read.

Administrative offices, meeting spaces and a cafe on the property’s lower level also need repair.

The resort has reopened the south course of Talking Stick Golf Club and the Wildhorse Grille, the statement said.

Officials for the hotel said they are contacting guests with reservations to reschedule their stays or to be moved to nearby hotels.

Guests with reservations can call the hotel at 866-877-9897.

More events on hold

Resort officials released a list of events that had been canceled or postponed while the casino conducts repairs. They include: 

  • Arizona State Poker Championship – Aug. 10-14.
  • Progressive Tuesdays – Aug. 14.
  • Keno Tournament – Aug. 16.
  • Esports Arizona: Red Bull Conquest – Aug. 18.
  • 3LAU + Elephante pool party – Aug. 18.
  • Terry Fator – Aug. 24.
  • KMLE 8 Man Jam – Aug. 28.
  • DJ Diesel – Sept. 1.
  • Zedd – Sept. 2.
  • Burton Cummings – Sept. 7.
  • Daughtry – Sept. 8

Some events, like the Keno Tournament and the KMLE 8 Man Jam, have been moved to Casino Arizona, another venue which, like Talking Stick, is owned and operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community off Loop 101 at McKellips Road.

“When possible, many promotional and entertainment opportunities will continue at our sister property, Casino Arizona,” casino officials said in a statement Aug 17.




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