Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament broke ground this week on its tenth North American castle, to be located in Scottsdale, Arizona.
With construction slated for completion in early 2019, the 79,000-square-foot 11th Century-style castle will be the only entertainment venue of its type in the state. It will be part of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District.
“We are delighted to welcome Medieval Times to our community,” said Delbert Ray Sr., President of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. “Over the two years of planning that made today a reality it became clear we have much in common, from our shared respect for family heritage and authenticity to our mutual esteem for the magnificent horse.”
“Today represents more than the start of construction on a new venue,” said Perico Montaner, President and CEO of Medieval Times. “We have tremendous respect for the rich traditions of the Pima-Maricopa people, and are honored to become a part of this proud and storied community.”
Located on a 10-acre lot, adjacent to the Salt River Fields, Medieval Times’ Scottsdale castle will be one of the most architecturally distinctive among its properties. Designed in muted earth tones to appear as if it’s organically rising from the land, the colossal, stone-walled edifice will incorporate the iconic motifs of Medieval Spain.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament was founded in 1977 in Spain, based on authentic Medieval history and the true story of a noble family with documentation dating back to the 11th Century. The first U.S. castle opened in 1983, and the concept has grown into a popular dinner attraction in North America, with locations in Atlanta, Baltimore, Buena Park, Chicago, Dallas, Lyndhurst. Myrtle Beach, Orlando, and Toronto.
Last year the Dallas-based company made headlines with the casting of a female sovereign as sole ruler of the realm, for the first time in the company’s 34-year history. To learn more about the company, please visit its website at www.medievaltimes.com