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Posted on: April 22, 2021

Sneak Peek at the Pamunkey Resort and Casino in Norfolk

King William County, VA – Today, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe and the Pamunkey Indian Gaming Authority released several renderings of the planned resort and casino in Norfolk.

The $500 million resort and casino which will take advantage of the beauty of the Elizabeth River. Guests in its 300+ rooms will enjoy panoramic views of the river and into Harbor Park. Additional features of the facility include a gaming floor, rooftop bar, waterside infinity pool, luxury spa, sports bar and grill, steakhouse, multi-purpose event center and a rooftop outdoor event space. The attached parking deck will accommodate approximately 2,000 vehicles with additional off-site parking and guests arriving by Amtrak will enjoy easy access to the resort. Renderings of the resort and casino can be seen at and on Facebook at

The project will redefine the waterfront by developing a marina that will enable guests to travel by boat to enjoy the resort and casino, or to dock while taking the family to a baseball game next door. The Tribe is also committing significant resources for additional Elizabeth River Trail construction and connectivity.

“I’m confident that this project will exceed the expectations of everyone. It will be the destination of choice for gaming in Virginia,” said Robert Gray, chief of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe. “We are living up to every promise we made and are determined to make this a project of which Norfolk can be proud.”

The project won city approval with an overwhelming majority of residents voting in favor of the project in November. Once the Virginia Lottery approves the Tribe’s casino operator license application, construction on the facility will commence immediately. The initial phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2023. Companies seeking to provide goods or services for this project are encouraged to go to to register to be notified of Requests for Proposals related to various aspects of the project.


The Pamunkey Indian Tribe is one of 11 Virginia Indian tribes recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the state's first federally recognized tribe by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This federal recognition came in early 2016 and allows the tribe to pursue economic development opportunities that will ensure their long-term viability. Their 1,600 acres of Pamunkey land are tucked in along the north bank of the Pamunkey River in King William County, where they continue to be stewards of the environment and contributing members of the surrounding community. Claiming Pocahontas as an early ancestor, the Tribe currently has 59 members living on the reservations and another 350 living throughout the country.

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