In keeping with today’s post, NETG correspondent Bert reported breaking news after noon time concerning the MMCT, the joint venture between the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegan tribes. The tribes announced that they have chosen the vacant Showcase Cinemas lot in East Windsor as the location for Connecticut’s third casino.
Right off Route I-91 and only a few minutes from the Massachusetts line, East Windsor was chosen over the Windsor Locks location closer to Bradley International Airport.
The proposal includes:
- space as large as 300,000 square feet (Twin River Casino is about 300,000 sq. ft.)
- and with 2,000 slot machines (1.5 more slots than Plainridge Park)
- and 150 game tables (less than half of the amount in either Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun).
- A 2,500-space parking garage would be relocated just to the east of the abandoned Showcase building, in addition to a 1,200-space garage nearby.
Last September, the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans — the tribal operators of the state’s two casinos forming MMCT — reopened the search for proposals for a Hartford-area gambling attraction to compete with a $950 million casino and entertainment complex under construction in nearby Springfield. Jobs and state revenue were said to be the two most important factors in adding a third casino, combating expected losses to MGM Springfield which is well on their way to completing their “urban casino.”
More on this in the coming week.