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Calling All Crowds: Mohegan Sun Officially Opens The New Earth Expo & Convention Center

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Connecticut’s Premier Resort Destination Introduces the Earth Expo & Convention Center at Mohegan Sun and Prepares for the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction Coming up in June

Uncasville, CT. (May 30, 2018)Mohegan Sun celebrated today the grand opening of the Earth Expo & Convention Center, the property’s $80 million-dollar expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony held on Wednesday, May 30th. The state-of-the-art Earth Expo & Convention Center at Mohegan Sun is already making a name for itself as it makes Mohegan Sun home to one of the largest and most attractive exposition sites in the Northeast, with over 275,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. It is located next to the property’s Winter Parking Garage, adjacent to the Earth Tower guest rooms. The first major event held in Mohegan Sun’s Expo & Convention Center will be the third annual Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction of collector cars from June 20th-23rd, 2018.

“We are honored to have you all with us and are excited to be here today to celebrate the grand opening of the new Earth Expo & Convention Center. While we have hosted many openings in our 22-year history, today’s is equally, if not more important, as it symbolizes our commitment and dedication to our flagship property, our employees, Southeastern Connecticut and the state as a whole. –Mohegan Tribal Chairman, Kevin Brown “Red Eagle.”

Featuring 15 meeting rooms including an Executive Boardroom and world-class service, technology and amenities, the Earth Expo & Convention Center at Mohegan Sun provides the perfect venue for corporate and association trade shows. The full expansion accounts for 250,000 total square-feet, which includes the 125,000 square foot column free Earth Expo Center and 20,000 square foot Earth Ballroom, both of which feature ample pre-function space right outside their doors.

Starting with Barrett-Jackson on June 20th-23rd, 2018, the Earth Expo & Convention Center has established future long-term partnerships with United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI), the National Association of Postal Supervisors and the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, with plans to expand to more consumer geared shows and niche industry events.

Now boasting as the Northeast’s premiere destination for exposition and meeting facilities, the Earth Expo & Convention Center at Mohegan Sun offers a convenient location between New York City and Boston, with efficient, hassle-free accessibility from anywhere within New England and surrounding metropolitan cities. Easily reachable by toll-free interstate driving, the Earth Expo & Convention Center is just over an hour from both T.F. Green and Bradley airports with transportation by Mohegan Sun’s shuttle service and only 20 minutes from the New London Amtrak station by way of car service, taxi or Uber.

“The Earth Expo & Convention Center at Mohegan Sun delivers our promise to provide guests with exceptional service, immersive entertainment and flawless event execution from start to finish,” added Ray Pineault, President & General Manager of Mohegan Sun. “From gaming and concerts to corporate meetings and massive trade shows, our priority is to enhance guest experiences and add value with every visit, creating a lifetime of memories while solidifying customer retention for years to come.”

Earth Expo at Mohegan Sun is a column-free structure offering flexible programming within a long stretching space that also features natural light. The floor-to-ceiling windows and doors lead visitors to an outdoor patio which provides added gathering space in warm weather. Interior finishes on the Earth Expo & Convention Center offer a nod to the Mohegan 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. In addition to being nearby Mohegan Sun’s hotel towers, Earth Expo & Convention Center is a short distance from Mohegan Sun’s Sky Convention Center, which is home to the 38,000 square-foot Uncas Ballroom.

Additional highlights of the new Earth Expo & Convention Center at Mohegan Sun include:

  • 20,000 square-foot Ballroom, divisible into two and featuring over 3,000 square feet of pre-function space
  • Free parking, eight bay loading dock from an open parking field and additional drive in access from two, grade-level drive-in doors
  • 15 meeting rooms total, ranging from 360 square-feet to 675 square feet
  • A 1,263 square-foot Executive Boardroom with 230 square feet of pre-function space and a private outdoor terrace
  • 3,500 square feet of outdoor space including a large wrap-around terrace
  • A 5,360 square foot kitchen
  • State-of-the-art technology with cutting edge audio & visual capabilities, digital and free wi-fi

As part of the opening of the Earth Expo & Convention Center at Mohegan Sun, prospective clients can visit MoheganSun.com/Meetings for more information on the expo and meeting facilities and exceptional resort surroundings. In addition to details on new Earth Expo & Convention Center and the existing Sky Convention Center & Meeting Spaces, the renewed online convention sales website features fact sheets, property videos and floor plans, testimonials and awards, an overview of the resort and convenient travel recommendations.

“Our striking new Earth Expo & Convention Center cements Mohegan Sun as New England’s premier destination for conventions, meetings and corporate events, and further solidifies ourselves as the leading, most all-encompassing resort in the region,” said John Washko, Vice President of Exposition and Convention Sales at Mohegan Sun, “The large size and scope of the new exposition center expands Mohegan Sun’s trade show offerings with increased capacity for guests and with that, we look forward to welcoming thousands of guests during the four-day Barrett-Jackson car auction this month.”

Experiences Beyond the Earth Expo & Convention Center

For conferences and events of epic proportions, Mohegan Sun is also home to the Sky Convention Center featuring a 38,000 square-foot Uncas Ballroom, 14,000 square feet of pre-function space and 30 flexible and strikingly-designed individual meeting rooms, accommodating up to 5,300 people. The convention space includes an impressive Executive Boardroom, which offers 10-foot-ceilings, drop-down LCD projectors and screens with high-speed Internet access and individual lighting controls – perfect for satisfying the meeting needs on virtually any scale.

In total, Mohegan Sun’s meetings & conventions space now encompasses Earth Expo, two ballrooms and 45 meeting & breakout rooms, all accounting for 275,000 square-feet.

In addition to featuring the premier convention destination in the Northeast, Mohegan Sun’s commitment to continuously provide new and exciting offerings that exceed guests’ expectations has translated into 1,600 hotel rooms in the Sky and Earth Towers, 45 diverse culinary options, more than 35 retail shops, three night clubs, two Mandara Spa locations, the award-winning 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena, a 400-seat Cabaret Theater, the 350-seat Wolf Den music venue, the 260-seat COMIX Comedy Club, a 18-hole championship Mohegan Sun Golf Club, and of course, world-class gaming with three casinos under one roof. To learn more and plan a visit to Mohegan Sun, visit MoheganSun.com or follow the brand on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Chris Paul & Aaron Rodgers to Host “The State Farm® Showdown” Golf Tournament at Mohegan Sun Golf Club

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Pitting NFL & NBA stars against each other, first-of-its-kind charity golf tournament will take place June 27-28 and is open to the public with tickets on sale now

UNCASVILLE, CT (May 2018) – Turner Sports and CAA Sports have partnered to create a two-day charity golf tournament, hosted by NBA superstar Chris Paul and NFL superstar Aaron Rodgers, and set to take place at Mohegan Sun Golf Club starting Wednesday, June 27th. “The State Farm Showdown” is open to the public and will feature NBA stars past and present facing off against NFL greats, all to benefit the players’ charities of choice.  The action starts at 10:00am ET on June 27th, and 11:00am on June 28th.

Turner Sports will provide multimedia coverage of the charity golf tournament, with Bleacher Report offering access to the NFL and NBA icons participating in the event through a variety of content offerings and top moments shared across its social platforms.  Additionally, TNT will televise a one-hour, all-access show on Friday, August 10th, at 8:00pm ET.

“I couldn’t be more excited for ‘The Showdown’ this summer,” said Rodgers.  “While the NFL and NBA are home to many of the greatest athletes in the world, a golf course is an entirely different battlefield. I am extremely passionate about golf and look forward to assembling a team of the NFL’s top golfers to determine, once and for all, which league is truly top on the links.”

“Golf is a favorite sport of mine and I’m thrilled to be hosting this unique tournament where NBA and NFL athletes will trade the court and field for the green,” said Paul. “Competitiveness is essential in our respective sports and I look forward to competing alongside and against the best athletes while raising money for charity.”

“The State Farm Neighborhood of Good invites people to take action by turning caring into doing. We are proud to be working with Aaron Rodgers and Chris Paul as they, along with their Showdown teammates, give back to causes they care most about,” said Patty Morris, Brand Content Director, State Farm. “We hope people watching will take action and give back to causes they care about in their own communities.”

Mohegan Sun Golf Club, which was recently named one of the “best courses in New England” by Golfweek, is thrilled to host the star-studded affair at the beautiful Baltic, CT championship golf course. The first-of-its-kind charity golf tournament will feature a two-day competition, hosted by Paul and Rodgers and will follow a common international team format, with a group of current and past NFL greats going up against NBA all-stars and legends.

“To have two of the most talented and prominent professional athletes in the world organize a special golf tournament to benefit charities, be featured across Turner Sports’ platforms, and to have it all take place at Mohegan Sun Golf Club, is pretty special,” said Ray Pineault, President & General Manager of Mohegan Sun.  “We’re very excited for the tournament and to see whether the NBA or NFL can put up a lower score at Mohegan Sun Golf Club.”

Tickets for “The State Farm Showdown” are available now at Ticketmaster.com and via 1.800.745.3000, along with the Mohegan Sun Box Office, subject to availability.  General admission is $20.00 on individual days and $30.00 for a two-day package. There are also “Triple Tee” VIP passes available, starting at $150.00 for guests 21 and over. The VIP passes allow access to exclusive viewing areas as well as unlimited food and open bar at two locations at Mohegan Sun Golf Club. More details can be found at: The State Farm Showdown

*There is no on-site public parking at Mohegan Sun Golf Club for this golf tournament. Guests that purchase tickets will be able to take a free shuttle from Mohegan Sun’s group hotel area at Sky Tower. The shuttle will leave from Mohegan Sun starting at 8:30am on June 27th and 9:30amon June 28th, and returning to Mohegan Sun from the golf course starting at 5:00pm. Per each paying adult, their ticket gives access to up to two people under 17 to join them on the shuttle and experience the golf tournament.

Confirmed players in “The State Farm Showdown”:

  • Ray Allen: Former UConn legend and top three-point shooter in NBA history whose career spanned the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. Allen has two NBA championship rings (2008 & 2013)
  • Larry Fitzgerald: Longtime Arizona Cardinals receiver, named to 11 Pro Bowls since being drafted third overall in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Pittsburgh. Caught two touchdown passes in Super Bowl XLIII
  • Dell Curry: Father of Stephen Curry and a 16-year NBA veteran, he averaged nearly 12 points per game and was a sharp-shooter who hit 40% from behind the three-point line during his career
  • Patrick Peterson: A teammate of Fitzgerald on the Cardinals, one of the NFL’s top cover corners. Named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven seasons since entering the league as a first round pick in 2011
  • JR Smith: Former NBA champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 has also played with the New Orleans Hornets, Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks. Tabbed Kia NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2013
  • Reggie Bush: Legendary USC running back and former NFL running back who ran for more than 1,000 yards for the Miami Dolphins in 2011 and crossed the mark again for the Detroit Lions in 2013
  • Kyle Korver: NBA All-Star in 2015 with the Atlanta Hawks, the veteran three-point marksman has also spent time with the Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls and most recently the Cavaliers
  • Josh Scobee: Former NFL kicker played more than a decade with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers

*** Please note, participants are subject to change ***

About Turner Sports: Turner Sports, a division of Turner, is an industry leader in the delivery of premium sports content across all multimedia screens. Turner Sports’ television coverage includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, ELEAGUE and professional golf, along with the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League beginning in Summer 2018.  The company also manages some of the most popular sports destinations across digital and social platforms including Bleacher Report and its top-rated app, NCAA.com and the critically-acclaimed NCAA March Madness Live suite of products, PGA.com and the Sports Emmy Award-winning PGA Championship LIVE, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile sites and connected device apps.  Turner Sports and the NBA jointly manage NBA Digital, a robust collection of offerings including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, the NBA App and NBAGLEAGUE.com. Turner Sports recently launched B/R Live, a premium live streaming sports platform that serves as the central hub for both the discovery and consumption of live sports content. The new streaming service allows fans to find and watch their favorite sports content anywhere, anytime and on the screen of their choice.

About CAA Sports: The five-time recipient of the award for “Best in Talent Representation and Management,” presented by the Sports Business Journal, CAA Sports represents more than 1,700 of the world’s best athletes in such sports as baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, tennis, Olympics and action sports, and golf, in addition to coaches, on-air broadcasters, and sports personalities.  Beyond traditional athlete representation, CAA Sports provides unique opportunities for clients off the field, in areas including licensing, endorsements, speaking, philanthropy, books, and video games.  CAA Sports also works in the areas of broadcast rights, corporate marketing initiatives, licensing, hospitality, and sports properties for sales/sponsorships, for which the agency won “Best in Property Consulting, Sales, and Client Service” at the 2016 Sports Business Awards.  CAA Sports is a division of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA).  CAA represents the most creative and successful artists working in film, television, music, theatre, video games, and digital content, and provides a range of strategic marketing services to corporate clients.

About State Farm®:
The mission of State Farm is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto and home insurance in the United States. Its nearly 19,000 agents and approximately 65,000 employees serve more than 84 million policies and accounts – more than 81 million auto, fire, life, health and commercial policies, and more than 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for rentersbusiness ownersboats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 36 on the 2018 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com.

About Mohegan Sun: Owned by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, 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 90 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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Connecticut’s New Destination For Relaxation Opens At Mohegan Sun

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Mandara Spa & Mohegan Sun Open Another Notable Spa Concept, Marking A New Era in the Region’s Spa & Wellness Offerings

UNCASVILLE, CT (May 22, 2018) – OneSpaWorld, LLC, owner of the Mandara Spa brand, the Mohegan Tribe and Mohegan Sun, today opened the highly – anticipated luxury Mandara Spa. The Sky Tower spa is the global Mandara brand’s 57th location. The spa will serve as the main spa on property and join its outpost Earth Tower spa, which opened in February 2017, introducing a wellness concept that is technologically advanced, yet rooted in traditional Balinese healing and infused with holistic and New Age experiences.

A 16,015 square – foot healing house, Mandara Spa elevates the experience at Mohegan Sun through its heritage of guest care and unparalleled service. The 13 – room sanctuary for the senses features 2 couples’ suites, 8 single massage rooms, 3 esthetic rooms, men and ladies calming lounges, locker rooms with amenities (sauna, steam room and hydropool), a spa reception with retail area, full service salon and a fitness center. A new floor plan allows for creative spacing of the relaxation lounges and the addition of features with optimal health benefits such as the Salt Inhalation Therapy wall, while the staple ELEMIS Spa Therapy product brand is a mainstay used in many of the new menu of services. Steps from Mandara Spa & Salon is a fully renovated fitness center as well, bringing the total square-footage to 19,000 between these three revamped spaces.

“Mohegan Sun and OneSpaWorld have a long history. Together, we have created successful spa and wellness brands,” said Glenn Fusfield, President and CEO, OneSpaWorld. “The Sky Tower and Earth Tower spas will continue a tradition of innovation and superior guest service while evolving its luxury ethos at every touchpoint. We are delighted to be a part of the much – anticipated Mandara Spa and look forward to continuing our relationship in creating and delivering a premium spa experience in the Northeast.”

“The Spa & Salon on the third floor of Mohegan Sun’s Sky Tower has been a place we have wanted to update and modernize for quite some time.  Mandara Spa, Kenneth Park Architects and AZ Construction have certainly done that and more, as the space looks incredible,” said Jeff Hamilton, Assistant General Manager, Mohegan Sun. “We’re very pleased to see it all come together, and we’re very excited for guests to experience the fully revamped spa and all of the world-class features and services Mandara Spa at Mohegan Sun will provide.”

The Mandara Spa Sky Tower experience includes new signature treatments such as the Power Poultice Muscle Release, Hot Mineral Body Boost and ELEMIS BIOTEC facials. These therapies will join the likes of the Mandara Customized Massage, Fire & Ice Massage and Mandara Signature Facial, which were introduced last year in the Earth Tower and a lineup of mindful and wellness focused services debuting at the main spa.

NEW AGE RESURGENCE AND MINDFUL CONSIDERATION

As the Mandara Spa brand developed a menu of treatment offerings, a collection of ancient and modern treatments were selected for the new, New Age spa enthusiast. Crystal healing, sound meditation and breath work are not new by no means, but these popular therapies have resurged. Among the novelties spa guests will enjoy is the MLX Quartz, an Amber and Quartz Crystal Bed used to mold and shape warm crystals around the body to release muscle tension, detoxify and promote a deeper state of relaxation.

TOUCH MEETS TECHNOLOGY

The ELEMIS brand continues a history of innovation with its one machine wonder, BIOTEC. The machine features technology using galvanic current, oxygen and light therapy that provides spa therapists with the latest and most advanced tools to perform results – driven facials. BIOTEC facial treatments are where groundbreaking technology meets active ingredients and transformative touch to switch the skin back on and increase its natural cellular energy. Technology turbo – charges touch in four BIOTEC facials. BIOTEC is also the technology used in the Mandara Signature Facial.

SALT OF THE EARTH

A main feature in the spa reception and the calming lounge is the Salt Inhalation Therapy wall. Halotherapy remains a top spa trend and is equivalent to breathing the salty sea air. The negatively charged ions in salt improve health and mood. The calming and detoxifying effects of halotherapy can support the immune, nervous and lymphatic systems. Additional benefits are reduced stress and headaches, increased energy and better sleep patterns.

SUPER FOODS AND SUPER SERUMS

Mohegan Sun guests have long loved the ELEMIS product brand. While the new Mandara Spa is a brand concept that nurtures mind and body, the award-winning ELEMIS skincare platform will complement the BIOTEC services and the new Superfood Pro – Radiance facial as well as several nourishing and detoxifying body therapies.

DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE

Mandara Spa Sky Tower and Earth Tower were modeled after the brand’s portfolio. Situated on the third floor, the Sky Tower spa exudes the same fresh, rich and earthy feel that is naturally luxe yet calmly collected. The spa reception makes a first impression with its modern feel, clean lines and a curated range of ELEMIS products. The reception serves as the gateway to the calming lounge, which showcases art and literature as guests take a pause prior to their service. Materials and accessories, including brass, bronze, gold, polished chrome, silver and stone, form an energy zone that emanates tranquility and sets the tone for the spa experience in which guests can select from more than 50 spa treatments and service enhancers.

Kenneth Park Architects, headquartered in New York City, is the interior design and architecture firm on record for Mandara Spa Sky and Earth Towers.

A/Z Corporation, with headquarters locally in North Stonington, CT, is the general contractor for the project and has a long history of having completed various projects at Mohegan Sun.

UNLOCK THE SECRET

Mandara Spas can be found at diverse locations across the world. For more information on the brand or spas visit mandaraspa.com. For reservations at Mandara Spa Mohegan Sun Sky or Earth Tower, call 860.862.4500.

ABOUT MANDARA SPA: Founded in Bali, Indonesia in 1995, Mandara Spa is a global brand and pioneer of multi – cultural spa experiences rooted in the Balinese tradition of healing touches. The first Mandara Spa opened May 16, 1996 at The Chedi (now Alila Ubud) in Ubud, Bali. In 1998, the brand opened its Asia headquarters in Malaysia and formed a U.S. – based division in Hawaii. The following year Mandara Spa expanded to the Maldives and Thailand. In 2001, Steiner Leisure Limited acquired all remaining shares and in 2002 became the sole proprietor of the Mandara Spa brand. Today, Mandara Spa is found on four continents, in 29 cities and aboard 16 cruise ships. To learn more about Mandara Spa, visit mandaraspa.com.

ABOUT ONESPAWORLD: OneSpaWorld, LLC (OSW) is the leading and largest worldwide provider and innovator in the fields of beauty, wellness, rejuvenation and transformation on cruise ships and resorts. Pioneering wellness at sea for more than 50 years, OSW’s maritime division operates more than 160 cruise ship spas, salons and fitness centers. The resorts division operates and manages nearly 100 resort and day spas. OneSpaWorld is a company of Steiner Leisure Limited.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN: Owned by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, 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 90 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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