By Ryan Richardson
Globe Staff Writer
MIAMI, Okla. —
The Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma broke ground Saturday for a 6,500-square-foot clubhouse that it intends to use as an events center in connection with the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami.
John Froman, chief of the tribe, said the clubhouse had been planned since the tribe became owners of the Peoria Ridge Golf Course.
“We need a banquet hall in the community for smaller functions,” Froman said. “We have a beautiful backdrop here, and I feel that this will become a great destination in the community for events. This has been our goal to open this place for the last 10 years.”
The building is budgeted at $1.3 million and will hold 175 people for banquets and events. It includes locker rooms, a pro shop, a bar and grill, and a club storage area. Froman said he expects that it will increase the club membership by 50 percent.
“We are currently sitting at 80 members, but with the new facility, we expect that number to swell to 125 to 150,” he said. “We are definitely growing.”
Froman said the tribe plans to package golf vacations with the casino’s hotel.
“We want this to be a great destination course, and we have the hotel to back that up and a beautiful course,” Froman said.
Froman estimated that the clubhouse will be completed by September. The golf course will remain open during construction.
Buffalo Run Casino opened in 2004, and a hotel was added in 2007.