On Thursday, August 1, the Oneida Indian Nation and Caesars Entertainment will host the grand opening event at Turning Stone for The Lounge with Caesars Sports, the new sports books at Turning Stone and Point Place Casino.

Themed as the Ultimate Tailgate, the grand opening event will be a festive and exciting event for Upstate New York sports fans. The Ultimate Tailgate will include tastings of select items from the new sports book menu, mascots and cheerleaders from local sports teams, appearances by community leaders and local dignitaries, and more.

Guests attending the Grand Opening Event will receive a complimentary The Lounge with Caesars Sports shirts and additional items.


  • Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO
  • Walt Fales, SVP of Strategic Development at Caesars Entertainment
  • Howard Glaser, Global Head of Government Affairs & Special Initiatives at Scientific Games
  • Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive
  • Marianne Buttenschon, New York State Assembly Member
  • Scott Musacchio, Verona Town Supervisor
  • Rob Esche, President of the Utica Comets
  • Event Emcee: Jazz Securo, Boxing and MMA Ring Announcer


  • Thursday, August 1 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Media must arrive no later than 9:45 a.m.


  • Turning Stone Resort Casino
  • The Lounge with Caesars Sport (main entrance of the resort)