September 2013

Notable casino resort news from around the U.S.

by Kelsey Farabee

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Here’s a quick look at some of the more notable casino resort projects currently in development.

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Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino announced plans for a new Downtown District that will add 200,000 square feet of entertainment, shopping and dining to the flagship property in Uncasville, Conn. Scheduled to debut in 2015, project highlights include the New England Gourmet Hall, filled with artisan food purveyors, as well as a 20,000-square-foot bowling center and a 14-screen cinema complex that will be available both for private events and conferences. The resort currently offers more than 100,000 square feet of function space, 1,175 guest rooms and three individual casinos.

The $60 million Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin opened this summer at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa. The 2,000-acre mountain resort offers 32,000 square feet of meeting space, 600 slot machines, 28 table games and a variety of lodging options, from a 124-room chateau to townhome rentals.

Maryland’s Rocky Gap Casino Resort, in Cumberland, plans to unveil a new event center by the end of the year. It will accommodate groups of up to 500 for conferences, conventions and meetings. Rocky Gap also recently updated its restaurants, golf course and 200 guest rooms. The resort can host full private golf tournaments of up to 72 players.

Harrah’s Atlantic City started construction on a 250,000-square-foot conference facility, with 27 ballrooms and 125,000 square feet of meeting space, including two 50,000-square-foot pillar-free ballrooms. The project will cost approximately $126 million.

The Catskills region of New York state may finally be the site of a new casino project. The Mashantucket Pequot Indians, who operate the 2,200-room Foxwoods Casino Resort in Connecticut, have plans to construct a $500 million casino property near the city of Liberty, and there is other local development interest as well. However, all projects are pending a change to the state law that restricts gambling in-state. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has been working to legalize gambling in New York, especially upstate, to help revive the regional resort economy.

Turning Stone Resort Casino in New York unveiled a new $35 million entertainment venue called Exit 33. The multivenue complex added nightlife and dining options for groups, including the Tin Rooster barbecue restaurant, the Turquoise Tiger 1940s-style lounge and The Gig rock ‘n’ roll club. Additionally, Turning Stone offers 100,000 square feet of function space for events of up to 1,500 attendees.


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