December 6, 2017

Mohegan Sun aims to expand CT reach with Bridgeport Arena deal

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Mohegan Sun
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Mohegan Sun in Uncasville.

Mohegan Sun, which is embroiled in a legal and public relations battle with MGM Resorts International over gaming rights in Connecticut, on Wednesday said it has partnered with Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena to offer concerts and sporting events.

The three-year entertainment deal comes as MGM continues to lobby for its plan to build a $675 million casino in Bridgeport.

Terms of the Mohegan Sun deal were not disclosed.

"Today's announcement is more than just a partnership with the Webster Bank Arena," said Kevin Brown "Red Eagle," chairman of the Mohegan tribe and Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment Management board. "It's a demonstration of our commitment to bringing tourism to all of Connecticut, not just the southeastern corner. It is a commitment to Bridgeport, a city rich in history and culture, to help with the growth and rebirth of the Park City."

Tribally-owned Mohegan Sun in Uncasville and Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket have partnered to launch a commercial casino in East Windsor to siphon competition from MGM's Springfield casino, which is set to open next fall. Meantime, in September, MGM unveiled plans for a casino on Bridgeport's waterfront.

As recently as Tuesday, MGM CEO James Murren asked businessmen to join him in lobbying legislators next year to end the gaming monopoly enjoyed by the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes so MGM can bring a commercial casino to Bridgeport.

New York Islanders and Bridgeport Sound Tigers Owner Jon Ledecky also welcomed the partnership with Webster Bank Arena and the city of Bridgeport.

"Mohegan Sun will help secure concerts that will appeal to the local community, as well as become a visible sponsor in our first-class arena," he said.

Mohegan Sun is already home to the 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena, which has been listed as a top ranked venue by Billboard Magazine.

MGM could not be reached immediately for comment.

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