Much Bigger Desert Diamond Casino Near Glendale Hiring 1,300 Now for February Opening Article originally posted on AZ Central on November 22, 2019 West Valley residents hankering to play blackjack near home won’t have to wait much longer. The Tohono O’odham Nation announced Tuesday that its new, full-scale Desert Diamond West Valley Casino with table games and slot machines will open on Feb. 19. Construction is nearly complete on the final stage of the $400 million, 2.3 million square-foot casino near 93rd and Northern avenues. The casino is adjacent to the temporary casino the tribe opened in 2015, which will close when the new one opens. The new casino will be one of the largest casinos in Arizona, according to the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise. Hiring 1,300 new employees The casino will employ about 2,000 workers, and 1,300 of those will be new jobs. It has already started hiring for hundreds of positions, said Don Ayers, general manager of the new casino. It is looking for people to work in many different areas including administration, food and beverage services, environmental services, slots, table games, bingo and security, Ayers said. The jobs will be a mix of full-time permanent jobs and part-time positions. Open jobs can be found on the casino’s website at ddcaz.com/careers-open-jobs. Most of the jobs posted now are for food and beverage services and table games. The tribe considers its employees family, Ayers said, and invites everyone to come join. Construction on casino nears completion Media got an early look at the casino’s 75,000 square-foot gaming floor on Tuesday, after a news conference celebrating the opening of the casino’s employee kitchen. Rudy Prieto, CEO of all four Desert Diamond casinos, said it was a special day for the casino and the West Valley. “This place is going to raise the bar for the casino industry in Arizona,” he said.