Mohegan Sun Grows Its Entertainment Empire
At 3.1 million square feet, the Mohegan Sun is the second-largest casino in the United States, featuring more than 300,000 square feet of gaming space within three separate casinos, plus retail areas, a 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena, convention space and a roughly 1,200-room Sky Hotel Tower.
Since the Mohegan Tribe opened its flagship property in Uncasville, Connecticut in 1996, it has offered some of the region’s finest dining, hotel accommodations, retail shopping, live entertainment and sporting events.
Through Mohegan Sun’s community partnerships, a major retail expansion is currently underway that will add a cinema and bowling venue to the area while increasing shopping and dining options. Some key features include a promenade of retail shops known as High Street Fashion, as well as a gathering spot for food, a farmer’s market and a harvest festival, called Taste of New England Gourmet Hall. Kings Bowl will span 20,000 square feet and offer upscale, retro-inspired bowling and dining. Guests will also be able to catch new releases on the big screen at the Marquee Cinemas 14-plex Premium Cinema.
“We are excited to be adding The Downtown District to Mohegan Sun here in Connecticut, as these attractions and brand names will add yet another layer to the already existing excitement and overall experience,” said Mitchell Etess, chief executive officer for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. “The project is moving along nicely with financing already in place and tenant interest is strong.”
Mohegan Sun Arena plays host to a variety of events and performances, ranging from world championship boxing to concerts to comedy shows. The casino’s entertainment is ranked third in the U.S. and fifth in the world by Billboard magazine and was the 2008 and 2010 recipient of a Country Music Award for casino of the year. Venues Today also gave Mohegan Sun Arena the number three spot on its 2012 list, and ranked it in the top six of Top Stops of the Decade in 2012. Venues Today additionally named Mohegan Sun Arena number four in mid-year Top Stops for 2013.
Etess credits the casino’s collaboration with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun for the Mohegan Sun Arena scoring the opportunity to host the Big East women’s basketball tournament.
“We’re just excited to have something that we have been working on so long finally come to fruition,” Etess told NorwichBulletin.com. “This is what bringing the Connecticut Sun here has done for us, it has made us a true entertainment company, not just a gaming or hotel company.”
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