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Mohegan Sun
Mohegan Sun
Mohegan Sun
Facts and statistics
Address 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville, Connecticut 06382-1355
Opening date October 12, 1996
Theme Native American
No. of rooms 1,356
Total gaming space 364,000 sq ft (33,800 m2)
Permanent shows Connecticut Sun during WNBA season
Signature attractions Mohegan Sun Arena
Connecticut Sun
The Wolf 102.3FM Radio Station
Notable restaurants Michael Jordan's Steakhouse
Todd English's Tuscany
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
Casino type Land
Owner Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority
Previous names none
Years renovated 2001
2002
Website Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun located in Uncasville, Connecticut is the second largest casino in the United States with 364,000 sq ft (33,800 m2) of gaming space.[1][2] It is located on 240 acres (97 ha) along the banks of the Thames River. It is at the heart of the scenic foothills of southeastern Connecticut, where 60 percent of the state's tourism is concentrated. It features the Mohegan Sun Arena, home of the state's only major-league professional sports team, the Women's National Basketball Association's Connecticut Sun. It houses a 350-seat Cabaret Theatre, the 300-seat Wolf Den, and 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2) of meeting and function room space, including the Northeast’s largest ballroom[3] and 130,000 sq ft (12,000 m2) of retail shopping. It is the home of New London's WMOS FM radio station.

The casino contains slot machines, gaming tables including poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, Caribbean stud poker, keno and baccarat. The race book offers live horse or greyhound racing from around the U.S. as well as from Australia and England. It also offers wagering on jai-alai from Florida.

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History

The development of the Mohegan Sun began in 1992 with RJH Development and LMW Investments of Connecticut, and Slavik Suites Inc. proposed the idea of developing a casino with the Mohegan tribe. The three companies formed Trading Cove Associates (TCA), which provided the Mohegans with financial support, tribal attorneys, and advisers to assist in the tribe's effort to gain official recognition as a people. In March 1994 they gained federal recognition as a sovereign people, opening the way to develop a casino. Sol Kerzner, head of Kerzner International (formerly Sun International), became involved with a 50 percent interest in TCA. Waterford Gaming had the other 50 percent interest in TCA. The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) hired TCA to oversee development and construction of the casino.[4]

The casino and resort first opened on October 12, 1996.[5] In 2000, Trading Cove Associates gave complete control of the resort to the Mohegan tribe; TCA still receives a 5% dividend on the gross revenue generated by Mohegan Sun until 2014.[6]

Features

  • The Casino of the Sky has a functional planetarium utilizing fiber optics to display the sun, moon, and stars accompanying the lighting effects of the Wombi Rock, which is a three-story high crystal mountain crafted of alabaster and more than 12,000 individual plates of hand-selected onyx from quarries in Iran, Pakistan, and Mexico; which were transported to Carrara, Italy and fused into glass.
  • A 55 ft high indoor waterfall called "Taughannick Falls", representing a treacherous crossing point during the tribe's migration.
  • The decor is Native American in style in many aspects. The artwork throughout the casino and the structural design has Native American feel. In addition, several mechanical wolves stand high atop rock structures inside the gaming areas that occasionally sit back and howl lightly.

Economic impact

Mohegan Sun employs some 10,000 local employees, with about 40% female and 60% male, and brought in $1.62 billion in revenues in 2007.[7] Concerts and boxing events bring further temporary employment and revenues. The casino also submits about 25% of its revenues from slot machines to the State of Connecticut.[8]

Local expansion

In November 2006, the tribe announced a $740 million expansion titled Project Horizon. The project was originally scheduled be completed in 2010, with phases of the expansion being completed prior to that. The expansion included the "Casino of the Wind," which opened in August 2008 and features 650 slot machines, 28 table games, and 42-table poker room.[2] It will also add 1,000 new hotel rooms, including 300 House of Blues themed rooms, accessible through a separate lobby.[9] However, in September 2008, Mohegan Sun placed the Project Horizon expansion on hold, due to the economic recession affecting the regional gaming markets. The feasibility of the expansion would be reevaluated in approximately 12 months.[10]

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

On January 25, 2005, Mohegan Sun acquired its first gaming venture outside of Connecticut with its $280 million purchase of the Pocono Downs Racetrack in Plains Township, Pennsylvania from Penn National Gaming.[11] Mohegan Sun renamed the property "Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs" and began a major expansion. Operation as the first slots casino in the state of Pennsylvania commenced in November 2006.

Plans for Mohegan Sun, Massachusetts

On August 2, 2007, the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority purchased 150 acres (61 ha) of land in the town of Palmer, Massachusetts, a town in eastern Hampden County, with about 12,000 residents. The land is directly off of exit 8 of the Massachusetts Turnpike. At the present time, they have plans to build a retail center. It is unknown if a casino or any type of gaming will occur or be allowed to occur.[12] A month later on September 17, 2007, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick unveiled a proposal to license three full-scale casinos in the state in a bidding process. The locations would be in the western, southeastern, and Boston area of the state.[13] The proposal is expected to meet opposition in the legislature. If the plan is passed, it would allow Mohegan Sun to expand into Massachusetts. The casino is still seeking approval.[14]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "Tribes Making Inroads in Sports Industry". USA Today. 2007-02-21. http://asp.usatoday.com/community/utils/idmap/13913516.story. Retrieved 2008-08-28.  
  2. ^ a b Christoffersen, John (2008-08-28). "Mohegan Sun opening new casino". South Coast Today. http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080828/NEWS/808280348/1018/OPINION. Retrieved 2008-08-28.  
  3. ^ Inside Norwich Trip Advisor Retrieved on December 14, 2007
  4. ^ "History of Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority". Reference for Business. http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/history2/10/Mohegan-Tribal-Gaming-Authority.html. Retrieved 2007-12-08.  
  5. ^ "Felt Jungle". http://www.feltjungle.com/us/casinos/connecticut/mohegansun/. Retrieved 2007-12-16.  
  6. ^ Waterford Gaming - Amended And Restated Omnibus Termination Agreement Socratek Retrieved on November 21, 2007
  7. ^ "Mohegan Sun". http://www.linkedin.com/companies/mohegan-sun. Retrieved 2009-06-17.  
  8. ^ "Casinos Report Slots Revenue Down From '08". Hartford Courant. 2009-06-16. http://www.courant.com/business/hc-casino-slot-revenue-0616,0,7884087.story. Retrieved 2009-06-17.  
  9. ^ Mohegan Sun Announces Project Horizon Indian Country Retrieved on December 15, 2007
  10. ^ "Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority to Suspend Earth Expansion of Mohegan Sun". GlobeNewswire. 2008-09-22. http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/news.html?d=150847. Retrieved 2009-04-10.  
  11. ^ Mohegan Sun Reports Mixed Results Casino City Times Retrieved on 22 November 2007
  12. ^ Mohegan Tribe May Join Competition Casino City Times Retrieved on December 19, 2007
  13. ^ Massachusetts to Consider Three Casinos for the State New York Times Retrieved on 19 December 2007
  14. ^ Stabile, Lori (2008-08-07). "Mohegan Sun still seeking Palmer casino". The Republican. http://www.masslive.com/news/republican/index.ssf?/base/news-15/1218093441299880.xml&coll=1. Retrieved 2008-08-28.  

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Coordinates: 41°29′32″N 72°5′29″W / 41.49222°N 72.09139°W / 41.49222; -72.09139








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