Mystic Lake Casino Hotel will soon put Prior Lake on the map in a big way.
The hotel is undergoing a large expansion that would make it the second-largest hotel in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, according to Group Sales Manager Holland Tudor.
Tudor said the new addition — which will be known as Mystic Lake Center — will be a 70,000-square-foot meeting and event space, with a nine-story, 180-room hotel tower. Completion of the project will bring the hotel’s total to 766 rooms.
The Hilton Minneapolis, which claims the title of the state’s largest hotel, has 821 rooms.
Construction, overseen by Burnsville-based PCL Construction Services Inc., started in the spring of 2016, and should be completed later this year or in early 2018. The expansion is intended to be complete well in time for the 2018 Super Bowl, which will take place Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Prior Lake Mayor Kirt Briggs is hopeful the hotel — and the game — will bring a lot of visitors to the area.
“I know there’s been a lot of excitement around the Super Bowl,” Briggs said. “It’s great to see the growth from the standpoint of visitors to Scott County. It provides visibility into our community.”
The new addition will be attached to the 586-room Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, and will include plenty of amenities designed for meetings and events: three large ballrooms, a number of small meeting rooms and an executive conference room. The hotel also promises a view of the nearby golf course: The Meadows at Mystic Lake.
Prior Lake Police Chief Mark Elliott said the addition of the hotel will not only bring additional visitors to the city, but could also increase the department’s call load. In 2016, about 16 percent of the Prior Lake Police Department’s calls were at Mystic Lake Casino, Elliott said.
The police chief said it’s likely many suburban communities will feel the impact of crowds from the upcoming Super Bowl and Prior Lake is no different. While the city is home to the casino, its bodies of water could also be a draw for those seeking entertainment.
Editor Rachel Minske contributed to this report.