While Massachusetts has dominated the casino news in New England of late, the Connecticut casinos have also had their share of news. In case you were away this week here’s a look:
Joint Casino One Step Closer – Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequots, and Kevin Brown, the Mohegan tribal chairman, announced at a signing ceremony at the Capitol the selection of a Connecticut real estate firm to administer the tribes’ request for proposals for a jointly operated casino. It would be established along the Interstate 91 corridor in north-central Connecticut. This joint “satellite” casino has been a quest by CT legislators to keep revenue and jobs from traveling over the border to Massachusetts. The MGM Springfield casino is expected to open late 2018. Jim Murren of MGM earlier dismissed the “box of slots” idea, but has seemingly taken in more seriously as a threat to MGM Springfield by suing the state of CT on the principle of the joint venture set on off tribal land. Most feel this is just a way to bide time until MGM Springfield is up and running, so CT’s satellite casino can’t get a head-start.
The casino in the Fox Tower at Foxwoods, formerly MGM, is going through major renovations, including:
- Expansion of the Center Bar, including a larger dance floor and entertainment space, larger bar and more bar-top gaming.
A temporary bar has been built in the previous space where the Foxwoods Rewards Desk once was.
- The Foxwoods Rewards Desk has now been moved to the opposite side of the casino and is slightly larger.
- The large posts left over from MGM’s design are being changed
to less intimidating structures to provide a more spacious feel to the casino while improving sightlines to the casino from the Tanger Outlets entrance.
Today, September 12th, is the Grand Opening of Carlo’s Bakery at Mohegan Sun.
This is the bakery’s first New England location.
Finally, Channel 3 News, WFSB, in Connecticut, reported that eyes for the Satellite casino have now shifted to Enfield. The potential casino developer told the town on Tuesday that it is willing to invest up to $200 million in developing a casino as part of the redevelopment of the Enfield Square Mall.