WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WWLP) – The tribal authority that runs Mohegan Sun and rival Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut said it could join forces to operate a third Connecticut casino near the Massachusetts state line.
This comes after MGM Springfield has been awarded a gaming license to move forward in building it’s $800 million resort casino. “I think it’s kind of sleezy because Mohegan didn’t get chosen to come into Massachusetts they’re kind of sticking it to us,” Terry Spier-Kalmar, of Holyoke said.
Off-Track betting already takes place across the Massachusetts border at the Bradley Teletheater next to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Some Connecticut lawmakers say they should try and protect and expand the gaming industry they have.
The idea of using the Bradley Teletheater was brought about by lawmakers last Friday in Hartford. MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis said the possibility of a gaming operation in Windsor Locks or Enfield is something they’ve expected, but have confidence in their own plan.
“It certainly would have an impact and again we’ve factored in whether its gaming coming to upstate New York a facility potentially coming to Hartford, but we think we are going to be a large scale unique urban destination and we’re going to provide a different product than what they’re contemplating,” Mathis said.
Mayor Domenic Sarno says he’s waiting to see if Connecticut lawmakers approve any type of proposal of a third casino. “Springfield continues to not only get on its feet but is walking and running forward and people are always looking to take shots at us. It’s time for Springfield now,” Mayor Sarno said.
Connecticut slots revenues have declined 30% since 2007.
Connecticut lawmakers will hold an informational hearing later this month.