Mohegan Sun Is Bubbling Over With Big East Tournament

During the pandemic, casinos were struggling to reinvent it’s entertainment options. Mohegan Sun Arena transformed itself, hosting the Big East Women’s Tournament in 2020. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When a pandemic empties your arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, you make it into “Bubbleville, Connecticut!” Here’s the story of how “Mohegan Sun Is Bubbling Over With Big East Tournament.”

Mohegan Sun Arena Is Perfect Choice for Big East

Mohegan Sun Is Bubbling Again With Big East Tournament
CT Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena

Four days of NCAA Women’s basketball featuring all 11 BIG EAST teams and 10 games. The BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Tournament is a 10-game postseason event, featuring all 11 BIG EAST teams (Butler, UConn, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova, Xavier), including the reigning champion Blue Demons and 18-time champion Huskies. 

The Big East has a three-year contract with the Sun. But, of course, having the perennial final four and champion UConn Huskies just a stone’s throw away doesn’t hurt, either.

Mohegan Sun Is Bubbling Again With Big East Tournament

The 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena, home to the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, will serve as a single site, with secluded hotel areas and enormous square footage for team social distancing.

“You feel safe, you know you can get a game in here. You know the team you’re playing is going to be safe. I think that’s going to be important throughout this year to find environments like this.”

Jay Wright, Villanova’s head coach, through “Bubbleville” at Mohegan Sun earlier in the year
Mohegan Sun Is Bubbling Again With Big East Tournament
The Big East will use the Mohegan Sun Expo Center for practice courts.

Forbes Rewards Mohegan Effort During Pandemic

In January, Mohegan Sun was among the first casino resorts in the world to become Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED® with Forbes Travel Guide. The comprehensive facility verification:

  • Helps ensure guests and travel planners that these properties have appropriate health safety procedures in place.
  • The Sharecare VERIFIED® is based on compliance with expert-validated practices that minimize the risk and impact of COVID-19 and
  • potential future public health events.

“We are thrilled to be one of the first resorts to receive this important verification from Sharecare and Forbes Travel Guide. This is another testament to our team’s hard work and ability to adapt in the unpredictable environment we live in quickly.”

Jeff Hamilton, President & General Manager of Mohegan Sun.

Mohegan Sun invested over $1 million in a health & safety plan that included cutting-edge UV light technology installed in air handler systems.

Limited Spectators Allowed

Mohegan Sun Is Bubbling Over With Big East Tournament

Mohegan Sun Is Bubbling Again With Big East Tournament
Big East School Locations

The Big East allows a limited number of spectators to attend the Big East women’s basketball tournament at Mohegan Sun.

While not considered a “bubble” situation, the Big East Men’s Tournament will continue to be staged at Madison Square Garden. The Big East will not sell tickets to the public. A limited number of family members and guests will be allowed.

Mohegan Arena Strived For Relevance During Pandemic

Mohegan Sun Arena still found ways to stay open during the pandemic. Management made The extra effort to generate a new revenue stream by reimagining itself as a residency broadcast center. At first, Mohegan Sun connected with major sporting connections. Bellator MMA, SHOWTIME Sports, and College Basketball were the first ventures without fans in attendance.

Teams such as Villanova, Florida, Virginia, USC, Virginia Tech, and Arizona State started of their seasons there.

SummaryMohegan Sun Is Bubbling Again

The bubble concept has worked with sports that incorporate smaller player numbers and staff. Many college leagues are also playing in bubbles across the country until normalcy, and it’s the best we can do. Mohegan Sun is bringing sports entertainment one step closer to it.