Bernard’s vision was centered on a new facility with multiple restaurants and huge, strategically-designed bingo halls separated by glass walls so that smokers and non-smokers alike could enjoy a few hours of bingo without complaint. The building also was designed with a multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art ventilation system that would ensure both smokers and non-smokers alike would be comfortable.
The Grey Rock Casino was designed from the ground up to be a gaming centre with raised floors and open and drop ceilings. Plenty of power was brought into the building with a UPS system to ensure maximum uptime. The Grey Rock is the very first fully Sbx-Server based system built in Canada. All of its IGT cabinets are able to download over 200 different games at a moment’s notice, allowing its clients maximum enjoyment. This technology required the very best in data network servers, routers and infrastructure to ensure full capacity.
The biggest challenge Bernard addressed in moving the Grey Rock Entertainment Centre from an idea to reality was the need to bring the provincial government and Casino New Brunswick together. Bernard wanted to not only have them agree for the Centre to open, but to do so with their complete blessing and support.
Casino New Brunswick has an agreement with the province that restricts the number of gaming centres and games in the province. Neither the province nor the casino could change the contract without negotiating with the other. Bernard says he had to find a way to convince both the Casino and the province that the Grey Rock Entertainment Centre was a good thing for the province in terms of revenue and jobs and that the new entertainment centre would just enhance the business of the Casino New Brunswick. After much negotiation, Bernard was able to bring both parties on board. Casino New Brunswick has partnered with the Grey Rock Entertainment Centre to provide advice and guidance on the set up and operation of the casino while the province provided the necessary approvals and licences. In return, the Grey Rock Entertainment Centre will provide up to 150 new jobs in the area and will provide revenue to the province - revenue that may be used by the province to help other First Nations communities in New Brunswick.
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