HARTFORD, Conn. (WWLP) – Employees from the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos will descend upon the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford Wednesday, to try to convince legislators to support building a third casino in the northern part of the state.
The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, which run the two existing casinos in southeastern Connecticut, have plans to build a jointly-run gaming facility just off Interstate 91 in East Windsor. The intent is to compete with MGM’s $950 million resort casino currently being built in Springfield. MM4CT, the joint venture between the two tribes, claims that a Springfield casino would cost Connecticut some 9,300 jobs.
The tribes recently scored a victory at East Windsor’s town meeting, when residents rejected a call to bring the issue to a town-wide referendum vote.
In order for the East Windsor casino to proceed, however, Connecticut lawmakers would have to change state law in order to allow gambling on non-tribal land, and the legislative session will be ending soon. The tribes are also not the only ones interested in building another casino in Connecticut. MGM has expressed interest in building a casino in Fairfield County, in order to tap into New York’s gaming market.
MGM Springfield is scheduled to open in the fall of next year.
22News will be in Hartford for the employees’ visit Wednesday, and will bring you the latest on this effort to build a third Connecticut casino tonight on 22News starting at 5:00.