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Wildhorse Preps for Muted Expansion Opening

August 11, 2020




Mission, OR – The year-long construction project at Wildhorse Resort & Casino that adds a bowling center, food court and arcade to the existing complex is nearing completion but the usual celebratory grand opening will take place with little fanfare due to pandemic restrictions.


Despite the low key approach, Wildhorse and the community really do have something to celebrate. The expansion adds entertainment and dining options to Pendleton and the surrounding area that hasn’t been seen in years.


At the heart of the expansion is Quaking Aspens Lanes, a 24-lane, state-of-the-art bowling center that will provide fun, family activity and league play.


The name is inspired by Tribal history. “Nixyáawii,” or aspen springs, refers to the area where the Cayuse tribe’s winter encampment was located east of Mission. Essentially a large town, the encampment was the site of celebrations, horse racing, and root digging.


The sizable bowling center has 16 lanes on one side and 8 boutique lanes on the other. The larger area will be targeted for open and league play while the boutique lanes can be reserved for private parties and events. Adjacent to the boutique lanes are two private party rooms. Party organizers can opt to include catering from Wildhorse or go for a full party package.


Common bowling accessories will be available for purchase at the sales desk and orders can be placed for shoes or custom bowling balls.


Service and convenience are a big part of the experience at Quaking Aspens Lanes. Bowlers can choose from an all-inclusive food court menu and place their order with a server who will deliver their snacks or meals to them. A full bar located in the bowling center will be the source of beverages.


The Food Court located near the main entrance will have two independent vendors and two Wildhorse operations. Three restaurants will offer full menus and one will specialize in ice cream and sweet treats. A 3000 square foot dining room will seat up to 80 people but diners can also take their food to the bowling center or bar.


The new Arcade is exponentially larger than the previous one with almost 2500 square feet of playing space. Young gamers will be able to choose from over 30 games and experiences.


Arcade guests can purchase a rechargeable “fun card” for any amount desired to use as currency at arcade machines. The card also keeps track of points racked up by players. The players can then take their card to the redemption center and redeem their points for prizes.


A food court with four store fronts is near the bowling center as well as an arcade with new games and high-tech entertainment.


Rodeo Lanes closed in 2014; Nancy and Ed LaRoque; Melanie Square; lease expired