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The Mohegan Sun Expo Center To Open Summer 2018

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Construction has begun on an $80 million Exposition & Convention Center to be located near the Winter Entrance of Mohegan Sun, officials announced at a press gathering Thursday while speaking in detail on the full project; United Natural Foods announced as early partner

UNCASVILLE, CT (March 23, 2017) – Leaders of the Mohegan Tribe and Mohegan Sun gathered Thursday afternoon at the flagship property in Connecticut, to announce the official plans for The Mohegan Sun Expo Center. Construction is underway with a target opening date of summer 2018. The expansion will span over 240,000 gross square-feet and will be located by the Winter Parking garage and in close proximity to Mohegan Sun’s newest hotel, Earth Tower. The New York based architect firm KPF (Kohn Pedersen Fox) and the construction team out of North Stonington, A/Z Corp, are partners on the project.

The Exposition and Convention Center is expected to attract more corporate and association trade shows, in addition to exhibitions such as Barrett-Jackson and the National Association of Postal Supervisors. It gives Mohegan Sun a great opportunity to also expand current consumer geared shows like Terrificon and bring about tech industry shows, golf shows, musical extravaganzas, home-shows, motor sports and hunting & fishing shows.  One of the first partnerships announced today by Assistant General Manager, Jeff Hamilton, is with United Natural Foods Inc (UNFI), as he eluded to a full-scale food show already in early planning stages for next year.

Mohegan Tribal Chairman, Kevin Brown speaking at the event today as well, touched on more exciting partnerships to come and further positive impacts that the Expo Center will soon have for southeastern Connecticut. “This new conference center will help solidify Mohegan Sun as not just the premier conventions destination, but the premier resort in the Northeast region. It will enable us to host some of the largest trade shows in the nation and take back some of the lost conventions that seek bigger venues in Boston and New York,” the Chairman stated.

The Mohegan Sun Expo Center will bring in an estimated 200 jobs, including construction and permanent roles, with an additional 100 supplier jobs anticipated. Other key details and figures for include:

  • 21,412-net square-foot ballroom, divisible into two and featuring over 3,000 net square feet of pre-function space
  • The Exposition Center itself, will be 131,000 net square feet
  • Feature free parking, 6 loading docks from an open parking field and additional drive in access from 2 grade level drive-in doors
  • 18 meeting rooms in total, ranging from 360 square feet to 675 net square feet
  • A 1,263 square-foot boardroom with 230 square feet of pre-function space and its own outdoor terrace
  • 3,600 net square feet of outdoor space, which includes a large wrap-around terrace for the full center
  • A 5,361-net square-foot kitchen
  • Additional features include a mobile box office, up to the minute technology, digital displays inside and outside the center, free Wi-Fi, contiguous exhibit space

On the design front, the new Expo Center will be a column-free structure with clerestory windows, offering flexible programming within a naturally-lit space. The main circulation spine that connects the exposition hall to the pre-function area also provides access to the overall facility, including the ballroom and adjustable meeting rooms. Along this path, floor-to-ceiling windows and doors lead visitors onto an outdoor patio that adds gathering space in warm weather and buffers the building from Cove Road that loops around the entire site. Greenery extends east to the recently completed Earth Tower, which shares the same grand entry as the Sky Tower. Interior finishes will recall the Tribe’s cultural history, with custom carpeting and light fixtures that reflect Native American motifs, the nearby Thames River and the color palettes of the Earth and Sky Towers. Additional below-grade entertainment tenant space will comprise of 20,000 square feet of the total expanse, further diversifying the center’s mixed-use program.

Once completed in the summer of 2018, ideally in time for next year’s Barret-Jackson Car Collector’s Auction, Mohegan Sun will be home to the largest meetings and convention spaces between Boston, MA and New York City.

To learn more, visit mohegansun.com/EXPO

ABOUT KPF: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) is the architectural firm responsible for Mohegan Sun’s Project Sunburst expansion, which includes programming, master planning and the design of the magnificent exterior of Mohegan Sun. Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is an award-winning, full-service architectural firm offering master planning, space planning, programming, building analysis and interior design services for a prestigious roster of international clients in both the public and private sectors. More information about Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is available by visiting kpf.com.

ABOUT A/Z CORP: A/Z Corporation is a leading design, construction and maintenance services provider focused on delivering innovative, single-source solutions. The company’s mission is to provide the highest levels of quality and value to the clients it supports in technology-driven industries. This is a commitment that the firm has upheld for nearly 50 years. A/Z’s growing team of 450+ professionals is serving some of the most recognizable private and public companies throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States via its offices located throughout the region.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN: Owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, Mohegan Sun is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in the United States.  Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is home to three unique casinos, 1,600 deluxe hotel rooms, 2 world-class spas, a golf course, over 80 shops, restaurants and bars as well as three award-winning entertainment venues including a 10,000-seat Arena. Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country. More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @mohegansun, view us on YouTube and find us on Snapchat at username MoheganSun.

New Hampshire Visitor Wins Over One Million On Super 4 Progressive Jackpot

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

UNCASVILLE, CT (March 16, 2017) – This past weekend Alison Anzalone had what’s sure to be one of the best Saturdays of her life, hitting it big on a Super 4 Progressive Jackpot. Anzalone won $1,001,459.00, making her the first million dollar jackpot winner on a Progressive Blackjack at Mohegan Sun!

Alison Anzalone is a New Hampshire resident where she is a cocktail waitress at a casino. Playing at a blackjack table when she became a millionaire – the jackpot was hit in Casino of the Earth, which is home to over 2,500 slot machines and 160 table games.

Mohegan Sun was the first casino to offer Super 4 Progressive Blackjack in 2015, and is still one of only a few casinos that offer the game across the United States.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN:

Owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, Mohegan Sun is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in the United States.  Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is home to three unique casinos, 1,600 deluxe hotel rooms, 2 world-class spas, a golf course, over 80 shops, restaurants and bars as well as three award-winning entertainment venues including a 10,000-seat Arena. Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country. More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @mohegansun, view us on YouTube and find us on Snapchat at username MoheganSun.

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Ed Sheeran Announces North American Arena Tour

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Dates beging June 29th; Tour Hits Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday, July 14th & July 15th; Pre-sale powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan begins March 13th at 10:00am local; New album, “÷,” quickly proving to be a global phenomenon, with historic sales and streams around the world

DOWNLOAD/STREAM “÷” HERE

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UNCASVILLE, CT (March 8, 2017) – Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning global superstar Ed Sheeran has announced details for his North American arena tour.  Dates begin June 29th in Kansas City and making its way to Mohegan Sun Arena for two consecutive nights, beginning Friday, July 14th. Both concerts begin at 7:30pm. For complete details, please visit www.edsheeran.com/live.htm.

Tickets are $105.00 and $85.00 and go on sale Friday, March 17th at 10:00am through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000.  Tickets will also be available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office beginning on Saturday, March 18th, subject to availability.

Pre-sales for all North American dates on the tour – powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan, an innovative new tech product from Ticketmaster built to help artists combat bots and get tickets into the hands of real fans who intend to go to the event – are set to begin Monday, March 13th at 10:00am and run through Thursday, March 16th at 10:00pm (all times local); supplies are limited.

The tour celebrates Sheeran’s landmark third studio album, “÷.” The album – pronounced “divide” – includes the universal hit singles, “Shape of You” and “Castle On The Hill,” both of which made incredible chart entries after their simultaneous January release. “Shape of You” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” – Sheeran’s first time atop the overall chart – and has remained there for six weeks total thus far. Meanwhile, “Castle On The Hill” entered the Hot 100 at #6, establishing Sheeran as the first artist to ever have two singles make simultaneous Top 10 debuts in the chart’s 58-year history. “Shape of You” was quickly certified 2x-platinum by the RIAA, while “Castle on the Hill” earned gold — the first two songs released in 2017 to achieve RIAA certifications this year.

“Shape of You” is currently #1 at both CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC radio outlets nationwide while also continuing to rule the top spot on iTunes’ Top Songs chart and Spotify’s “Top 50” (both Global and U.S.). The song’s official companion video – directed by MTV Video Music Award winner Jason Koenig– is further achieving record-shattering numbers of its own, with individual views in excess of 300 million at Sheeran’s official YouTube alone.

“÷” has fast proven an even greater phenomenon than Sheeran’s 4x RIAA platinum certified second album, 2014’s “x.” Released March 3rd, the album immediately rocketed to #1 on iTunes charts in 96 countries around the world, including the United States and the United Kingdom. “÷” has also achieved historic levels of steaming success including the best-ever one day streams for a single artist (68,695,172), best one day streams for an individual album (56,727,861), and best first day streams for an individual album (56,727,861), the latter two statistics almost doubling the previous record-holder’s success. In addition, “Shape of You,” the album’s stellar first single, earned the best one day streams for a single track with a remarkable 10,123.630 streams – besting Sheeran’s own record set earlier this year upon the single’s initial release.

“÷” also stormed streaming worldwide charts, with all 16 of the album’s tracks forming the actual top 16 on Spotify’s Top 50 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The complete tracklisting also instantly entered Spotify’s Global Top 50 chart, as well as the Top 50 in 13 international markets including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, and Switzerland.

Sheeran is celebrating the announcement of the tour this morning with a live appearance in New York City’s Rockefeller Center as part of NBC’s TODAY “Citi Concert Series.” The performance continues a long series of high profile media appearances supporting “÷,” including NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBS This Morning, and both the 59 Annual GRAMMY® Awards and the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

FOR MORE ON ED SHEERAN:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE

ED SHEERAN PRESS CONTACTS:

Glenn Fukushima –  glenn.fukushima@atlanticrecords.com

Jason Davis –  jason.davis@atlanticrecords.com

Mohegan Sun Arena is now ranked consistently among the top venues in the world according to Billboard Magazine, Pollstar and Venues Today. It has won “Casino of The Year” at the Country Music Awards in 2008 & 2010 and in 2013, was voted “Arena Of The Year” at the G2E Global Gaming Conference in Las Vegas.  Mohegan Sun Arena was also ranked among the top 10 arena venues in the nation for 2014, regardless of size. In 2015, Mohegan Sun took home the IEBA award for “Casino of the Year.”  Mohegan Sun also won “Casino of the Year” in 2 categories at the 2013 & 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards. For more information on concerts and other great events, visit Mohegan Sun. For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1.888.226.7711, ext. 27163.