Mohegan Sun Arena Voted Tops Again

The Arena at Mohegan Sun was ranked #1 on Pollstar Magazine’s “Top Stops” survey. For venues seating 5001 – 10,000, the Arena was voted ahead of Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, Radio City Music Hall in NYC, and The Greek Theater in California.

Considerations included number of shows, tickets sold/seating capacity and gross revenue during a particular time span, which was June 16 – July 23, which featured the likes of U2, Pitbull, Barenaked Ladies, Steely Dan & the Doobie Brothers, Britney Spears, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, Barry Manilow, and Charlie Pugh.

Award-winning Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT

In case you haven’t visited the Mohegan Sun Arena, it is a 10,000 seat multi-purpose arena in Uncasville, Connecticut located inside Mohegan Sun. The arena facility features 30,000 square feet of configurable exhibition space and opened in October 2001.

By 2006, the seating had been configured into 6 common sports configurations – basketball, boxing, bowling, rodeo, table tennis, & lacrosse. As a concert venue, it  can also be reconfigured to fit many types of concerts: regular, fullhouse, centerstage, and halfhouse.

CT Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena

CT Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena

The arena has won awards for being one of America’s most modern concert venues. The arena was awarded the 2008 and 2010 Country Music Award for “Casino of the Year”. It was also ranked the 4th best venue by Billboard Magazine.

For future ticket and concert information, click on Mohegan Sun Arena  or follow us – NETimeGambling.com for all your entertainment news.

Congratulations once again to Mohegan Sun.

Thanks to our co-editor Bert for guiding us to the article in the Day by Rick Coster.

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Mohegan Sun Introduces Hotel Luxury with ASPIRE

Coming Soon To Mohegan Sun: Aspire, An All-New VIP Hotel Experience On Floors 31-36 In Sky Tower

This was the title of Cody Chapman’s, Public Relations Manager for Mohegan Sun, reported the above news last week. He says, “The iconic Sky Tower will soon be rolling out an enhanced & luxurious experience for hotel guests when Aspire at Mohegan Sun opens up by the end of the year.” The hotel within a hotel has been a trend in recent years. Now, Mohegan Sun is raising the bar for all New England’s casino hotels.

Four Seasons Hotel is in the top of Mandalay Bay Resort Casino, Las Vegas

Kelly Villasuso from Opulence, a luxury travel & living website, reported, “More than a decade ago, MGM Resorts International introduced a novel concept, now mirrored by other luxury hotels throughout the world, at their Mandalay Bay property in Las Vegas. They dedicated the top five floors of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino as a separately branded, smaller hotel — a Four Seasons Hotel to be exact — complete with its own private entrance, dedicated express elevators, and uber-luxuriant surroundings and service.”

Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace and Hotel 32 at the Monte Carlo (changing into the NoMad at Park MGM) on the Las Vegas Strip are more examples of hotels adding magnificence above grandeur.
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Mohegan Sun Sky Hotel

Cody goes on to explain, “The new “hotel within a hotel” in the 1,200-room Sky Tower, will be on floors thirty-one through thirty-six, and allow its guests to take advantage of exclusive access to a fully remodeled luxury food & drink experience entitled, Thirty Three, in reference to its location on the 33rd floor, overlooking the Thames River. Various additional perks await Aspire hotel guests including private check-in, exclusive elevator access and butler service.

“Aspire & Thirty Three will become two of the most opulent experiences Mohegan Sun offers our hotel guests. We’re thrilled to launch this offering at the end of the year.” – President & General Manager of Mohegan Sun, Ray Pineault.

Floor 33 will provide a spectacular, sky-high New England view with exclusive access to Thirty Three, a luxury food & drink experience overlooking the Thames River. Aspire guests will have access to the new space, where delicious food options, wide screen TVs, private table games and a complimentary bar await. Additionally, Aspire guests will have a private hotel arrival experience at Aquai, access to a private elevator bay and upgraded furnishings in their room or suite, as well as their own butler service. In total, Aspire accounts for 93 rooms on the top floors of Sky Tower.

So, here’s to a new kind of hotel experience to try, opening at the end of the year.

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New England Casino News Review

BROCKTON CASINO STILL ALIVE?

Brockton Casino Driveway

Brockton Casino, no longer an option.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission received a letter on Wednesday from the Chicago-based Rush Street Gaming asking for another chance to bring a $677 million casino to Brockton. Rush Street and Mass Gaming and Entertainment are now seeking reconsideration for the project more than two years after it was rejected in a 4-1 vote by the state gaming commission in April 2016.  Rush Street and Mass Gaming began the letter by referring to a notice posted online in July 2016 by the state gaming commission, pledging to hold a public discussion “at a time deemed appropriate” about the short- and long-term interests of southeastern Massachusetts. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe originally planned to open a destination casino in Taunton in 2017, but construction was derailed by a federal lawsuit.

Meanwhile, there is increasing support for the Mashpee casino in Taunton. Read the following article for more details:   “Support grows for legislation for Mashpee tribe”

MGM SPRINGFIELD GETS “LAST CALL” EXTENSION

Paul Tuthill, from WAMC Northwest Public Readio reported “The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to approve, with some conditions attached, an alcoholic beverage license for MGM Springfield that will allow drinks to be served on the casino floor until 4 a.m. – two hours later than the time all other bars in the state are required to close……but only if they are actively gaming would they be able to consume (alcohol) after that 2 a.m. time frame.” MGM Springfield Vice President & General Counsel Seth Stratton said the proposal before the gaming commission is to have extended hours for alcohol service only on the casino floor, saying “If you are a gaming customer and would like to have a cocktail as you continue to game up until 4 a.m. we will offer that service, but if you want to hang out at a bar, our bars close at 2 a.m. just like any other bars in the community.” Brian Hallenbeck , The Day staff writer, reported Foxwoods wants later ‘last call’ to keep up with Mass. casino.  Click on the link to learn more about CT’s casino’s reaction.

IT’S GAME ON AT MOHEGAN SUN

Mohegan Sun announced that it plans to open Game On, a 23,000-square-foot interactive arcade, sports bar and restaurant, this winter inside its new convention center. Game On will feature a luxury bowling alley, ping pong tables, billiards, darts and arcade games in addition to multiple high-definition screens and a 65-foot bar. It will be located on a lower level of the new Earth Expo & Convention Center, which is hosted Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast Auction of collector cars in June. The new venue will accommodate parties and private events.

TOPGOLF IS COMING TO NEW ENGLAND

In the fall, look to TopGolf invading New England’s casinos. Looking for your next party idea or a place to better enhance your golfing skills? Top Golf is a fun experience for all ages that offers a comfy lounge to hangout while you enjoy fantastic food and drinks, all while enhancing your golfing skills. MGM Springfield will be the first when it opens in August. Not to be outdone, Foxwoods jumped into the ring, or should I say the course, possibly introducing it before MGM Springfield this summer. Foxwoods’ Topgolf Swing Suite will offer multiple golf simulator bays, throwback arcade games, a DJ booth, lounge seating and a full-service craft bar with an impressive food and drink menu.

RHODE ISLAND IS FIRST TO LEGALIZE SPORTS BETTING IN NEW ENGLAND

Governor Gina Raymond signed the bill into law a bill allowing legal sports wagering in the state. The Rhode Island General Assembly approved the $9.559-billion budget bill which includes legalized sports wagering. The bill established legal sports wagering at Twin River Casino and “reflects an agreement reached with IGT, the operator of the state’s electronic lottery systems which also won the contract for operating sports wagering in the state.” Rhode Island will retain 51% of sports betting revenue, IGT will get 32%, and the Twin River Lincoln facility and Tiverton facility will get 17%.

EAST WINDSOR APPROVES MMCT ZONING PERMIT FOR CASINO

MMCT Venture in East Windsor, CT, Courtesy WFSB

MMCT Venture, the joint company of the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes, has proposed opening a $300 million 188,000 square foot gaming and entertainment facility in spring 2020. It would include around 1,800 slot machines, 50 table games and 10 poker tables. This is just one of many hoops the Mohegan & Mashantuckets had to go through to build a casino that is said to be able to keep jobs and gambling revenue from flying up to MGM Springfield.  For renderings and the story, click on East Windsor Casino Takes Shape In New Renderings

FINALLY, A TRAGEDY AT FOXWOODS

The president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino, Felix Rappaport, passed away unexpectedly due to heart disease, according to the state medical examiner’s office.  For more information and an article highlighting his accomplishments and respect in the industry, click on Visionary Felix Rappaport Was a Star Wherever He Went.

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