BUFFALO, NY - An official groundbreaking ceremony is normally a sign of growth and development, and there is more it in downtown Buffalo.  Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino officials joined city and state leaders for the groundbreaking of a $40 million dollar expansion.

The expansion will include an additional floor with a new Western Door restaurant, similar to the steakhouse at Seneca Niagara and Allegany. It will include both indoor and outdoor seating, and there will be banquet and meeting space.

The gaming floor will have an additional 300-slot machines plus more table games, a high limit room.  Officials have listened to customers and will expand the non-smoking area and build a performance stage for live entertainment at Stixx Sports Bar.

Seneca Gaming Corporation Chairman Barry Snyder called the expansion an "investment for our guests." The project will create 300 new jobs at Seneca Buffalo Creek and at least 440 construction jobs. The expansion will take place on the back of the casino near South Park Avenue.

Since the Seneca run casinos opened in western New York, they've pumped over a billion dollars into the state and local economies.

The land owned by the Seneca Nation is sovereign territory and no city approvals are required. Construction will begin this month and the project completion date is Spring 2017.