New Norfolk Casino Will Be Called HeadWaters Resort & Casino

New Norfolk Casino Will Be Called HeadWaters Resort & Casino

The new casino in Norfolk now has a name.

The Pamunkey Indian Tribe announced this week that its gaming facility will be called HeadWaters Resort & Casino.

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“Excitement is building and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the name,” Robert Gray, chief of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe in Virginia, said in a news release. “There’s just something about having a name that makes it feel more real. I’m confident that HeadWaters Resort & Casino will exceed even the highest of expectations and will make Norfolk proud.”

HeadWaters represents the beginning of a river, and the tribe and city said this new casino is representative of a new chapter for both, the release said. The name “HeadWaters” is a nod to the importance that rivers have played in the tribe’s and city’s history. The logo reflects this with a rippling water design within a feather that features two shades of blue.

Features of new casino

The Pamunkey Tribe recently released renderings of the estimated $500 million resort and casino which will feature scenic views of the Elizabeth River.

HeadWaters will include over 300 rooms with panoramic views of the river and into Harbor Park. The facility includes amenities such as a gaming floor, rooftop bar, waterside infinity pool, luxury spa, sports bar and grill, steakhouse, multi-purpose event center and a rooftop outdoor event space. An attached parking deck will be able to accommodate 2,000 vehicles with additional off-site parking and an Amtrak available to guests for easy access to the resort.

HeadWaters’ location will enable guests to travel by boat to enjoy the resort or casino and boost the HeadWaters Marina. Visitors will also be able to dock their boats and visit other areas downtown in addition to the casino.

As part of the development, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe will commit more than $20 million to shoreline resiliency issues and assist in creating a vibrant, sustainable living shoreline that will aim to improve the environment along the Elizabeth River. The tribe will also contribute funds for additional construction, rehabilitation and connectivity along the river.

The project gained city approval when residents voted in favor of the project in November. Construction on the facility will begin immediately once the Virginia Lottery approves the casino operator license application. The first phase of the project is scheduled to be finished by 2023.



Bryce joined after spending the last nine years covering high school and college sports throughout Michigan. He’s served as the primary Division II beat writer for Grand Valley State and Michigan Tech. Along with his newspaper background, he's worked in marketing and has experience covering casinos and gambling.

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