On May 15, 2007, hundreds of visitors flocked to the newly opened Kiowa Casino located in Red River to join the festivities.
On Monday, May 14, 2007, more than 500 of the Kiowa Casino staff conducted a dry run for their Tuesday opening by testing the casino games, the food, the cards and even the entertainment for the guests on the opening date.
The only thing that they could not test is the security and peace and order for the opening date until the expected 3,000 guests arrived the next day.
The Sheriff's Department of Cotton County worked with the security of Kiowa Casino to maintain the peace and order that day.
Cotton County Sheriff Jeffrey said that they had really prepared for the onslaught of visitors that day because it is normal for people to be curious about seeing what the casino can offer them.
He added that the casino, compared to its tribal casino neighbor, the Comanche Tribe which can be found a mile from the Oklahoma State Highway 36, has security only inside the casino.
Therefore, the casino relied heavily on the highway patrol and the Sheriff's Department for the security detail during their opening on May 15, 2007. The Tuesday opening was for the members of the Kiowa Tribe only. The casino opened for the public on the following day, May 16, 2007.
06/14/2007 21:40 PM