“As little as 9 and as many as 13 casinos may eventually be letting those slots ring by 2019, with 3, 4, or even 5 breaking ground in 2016. As many as seven new cities may be home to a brick and mortar casino – Brockton, Everett, Springfield & Taunton in Massachusetts, Tiverton in Rhode Island, and town TBA in north/central Connecticut.”
Those were NETG’s predictions from last year. Reflecting back, our report card would be pretty average. My crystal ball must been clouded by all the millennial distractions.
What will 2017 look like in New England’s casino landscape? Here are Binbin’s Lucky 7 2017 Predictions:
1) Last year we predicted MGM and CT’s third casino will begin building. Well, half of that was correct. MGM Springfield is well on its way and 2017 will continue to be exciting to watch in Massachusetts. Wynn Boston Harbor will begin to rise as well.
2) Last year, I predicted that Brockton will not be awarded a license because of the impending casino in Tauton by the now federally recognized Wampanoags. Bingo! But, for 2017, we won’t see any movement in Taunton, with the Wampanoag “First Light” project will be in litigation limbo.
3) Twin River casino will not break ground on its hotel in 2017, contrary to my prediction last year. Move along -nothing else to see here.
4) “Tiverton will approve a casino….Twin River will move Newport Grand to Tiverton”. Hey, I got this right! Prediction for 2017 – they break ground late in the year.
5) Mohegan Sun’s Earth Hotel Opened – while smaller than expected before the recession, it will help Mohegan Sun’s growth before MGM and Wynn get going.
6) A year ago, I said Maine would try but eventually fail in getting another casino in the southern part of the state. Ditto for 2017……
7) I predict that 2017 will continue to have free parking at all New England casinos. That should continue for a while…until MGM opens, and then we’ll see if 2019 is the year that MGM tries it’s Profit Growth Plan in New England in Springfield.