Eleven months after announcing the $26.5 million dollar expansion to the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant Michigan, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe opened its new sports bar and night club ASCEND on August 31st. During the last year the casino invested in non-gaming and gaming amenities to further diversify the entertainment offerings at the casino complex. In addition to ASCEND, the changes have included an updated VIP lounge; high limits area; poker room; non-smoking gaming section; and Cyber Quest Arcade. The casino originally opened in 1997, and the last major renovation occurred in 2011 with changes to the buffet and 24 hour diner.