On June 24, 2002, the $262 million Pechanga Resort and Casino opened its doors. The resort, which was designed to highlight the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians' culture, included an 85,000 sq ft (7,900 m2) casino, 1,200-seat showroom, 515,000 sq ft (47,800 m2), 14-story (522-room) hotel and 38,800 sq ft (3,600 m2) convention center, 200-seat cabaret lounge, Eagle's Nest Lounge and seven restaurants.
In November 2004, a 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2) expansion was opened adding additional gaming space, a high limit gaming area, a food court area, a 54-table poker room and Kelsey's, a sports-themed restaurant.
Guests must be at least 21 to gamble on the property; the age limit was raised from 18 in 2003.
The Pechanga Resort and Casino has the largest casino floor in California totaling 188,000 sq ft (17,500 m2), larger than the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It features 3,400 Vegas-style slot machines, 12,700 sq ft (1,180 m2) non-smoking casino floor area with 300+ slot machines, 130 table games, a non-smoking poker room with 43 tables, an ultra-modern, 700-seat bingo facility and 14,700 sq ft (1,370 m2) High Limit Gaming Area with High Limit Salon, and private gaming rooms.
The Pechanga Hotel includes 517 guest rooms including 64 suites, as well as sun deck with swimming pool and spa, poolside bar and food service, three retail shops, and a newly redesigned health club.
The golf course, Journey at Pechanga, opened in August 2008, and the clubhouse opened following November.
In November 2008, a 62,000 sq ft (5,800 m2) clubhouse was opened. Journey was rated as the 4th "Best New Course You Can Play" by Golf Magazine in the January 2009 issue. With the addition of Journey at Pechanga, the resort’s 146-acre (0.59 km2) footprint (including the facility, RV Park, parking lots, and structures) has more than tripled to 445 acres (1.80 km2).
In November 2008, Spa Pechanga opened a greatly expanded facility.
The Pechanga Showroom Theater, a 1,200-seat venue, has hosted Broadway musicals and headline musical acts, including Journey, Lita Ford, Warrant, Skid Row, Backstreet Boys, Bob Dylan, Carrie Underwood, & The Fab Four (tribute), magician David Copperfield, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, and many ethnic superstar shows.
Other entertainment venues at Pechanga include the Pechanga Comedy Club; the Cabaret Lounge; and Eagle’s Nest Lounge, located on the top floor of the hotel tower.
Pechanga Resort & Casino also hosts live action sporting events such as Bellator MMA, professional boxing aired live on networks such as HBO, FOX, and more, Muay Thai Kickboxing and others.
The adjacent RV resort features 168 sites.
Meeting space at the facility includes: 53,000 sq ft (4,900 m2). of flexible meeting and convention space and 13 individual breakout rooms: 60,000 sq ft (5,600 m2). of outdoor meeting space; a 22,000 sq ft (2,000 m2). Grand Ballroom (divisible into 3 sections); and a 125-seat teleconferencing lecture center.
Pechanga Resort and Casino is the Temecula Valley's number one employer, with about 4,100 employees and the second largest private employer in Riverside County, behind grocery store chain, Stater Bros.