Catoosa's Hard Rock Casino casino roof collapses

A portion of the roof of the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa collapsed during Tuesday morning's snowstorm, but there were no injuries.
BY RANDY ELLIS Published: February 2, 2011

CATOOSA — A portion of the roof of Catoosa's Hard Rock Casino collapsed during Tuesday morning's snowstorm, but there were no injuries.

“The safety of our guests is a top priority for us, and we're so glad that no one was hurt,” David Stewart, chief executive officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses, said in a prepared statement.

Fewer than 100 guests were gambling in the casino during Tuesday morning's ferocious snowstorm when a casino staff member noticed Sheetrock in one of four areas of the 170,000-square-foot casino appeared to be showing signs of stress, said Amanda Clinton, communications manager for Cherokee Nation Businesses, which operates the casino.

The employee notified the general manager, who was staying in the adjoining Hard Rock Hotel. The general manager ordered that portion of the casino closed after looking over the situation, she said.

The roof collapsed about 9 a.m., after everyone had been evacuated, she said.

Clinton said the single-story casino section had a flat roof, but declined to speculate on whether the weight of foot-deep snow caused the collapse.

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