WHAT: Mohegan Sun and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference are holding a press conference to announce Mohegan Sun Arena as the location for the Boys and Girls Basketball State Championship Finals
WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, February 10, 2009
                           11:00 am
                           Mohegan Sun Arena
                           Mohegan Sun

WHO:  Mitchell Etess, President and CEO of Mohegan Sun
            Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe
            Michael Savage, Executive Director of the CIAC
            Paul Hoey, Associate Executive Director of the CIAC
IN DETAIL: Mohegan Sun and the CIAC, who serve as the sole governing body for interscholastic athletic activities in Connecticut, officially announce partnership which will bring the Boys and Girls Basketball State Championship Finals to Mohegan Sun Arena on March 20th & 21st.

Keith Urban’s “Escape Together World Tour” Together with KC Masterpiece® and Kingsford® Adds Superstars Sugarland To Mohegan Sun’s May 7th & 8th Stop

Massive world tour kicks off in Uncasville

As if a night together with Grammy Award winner Keith Urban, one of the industry’s most explosive and critically-hailed live acts isn’t enough: now comes word that Urban’s “Escape Together World Tour” together with KC Masterpiece® and Kingsford® stop in Uncasville will also feature multi-platinum superstars Sugarland.  This incredible tour kicks off with two shows at Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday, May 7th and Friday, May 8th.  Both shows begin at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $140.00 and $110.00 and go on sale Saturday, February 14th at 10:00am through Ticketmaster.  Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com; call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.  Tickets may also be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Box Office starting Sunday, February 15th subject to availability.

“Sugarland and I are going to give our fans at Mohegan Sun two nights to remember,” said Urban.  “Nights where they’ll be able to leave their cares at the door and just let loose for a few hours.”

2009 is already shaping up to be a busy one for Urban.  Not only will May mark the launch of a North American concert tour that will visit fifty-eight cities, March 31st will see the release of a new album, Defying Gravity. The CD’s first single “Sweet Thing” has already become his eighteenth Top 5 Country single.

A headliner in their own right, Sugarland is sure to perform all of their hits, including their #1’s “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” “Settlin’,” “All I Want To Do” and their most recent #1 from their current CD Love On The Inside, “Already Gone.” The combination of talent that will take the stage in Uncasville is sure to give fans a show like no other this summer. Urban and Sugarland are currently slated to appear together on twenty other tour stops.

Sugarland (Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush) exploded onto the music scene in 2004 and with their third studio album Love On The Inside they’ve skyrocketed into superstardom.  They’ve sold over 5 million records and received trophies from the Grammys, AMAs, ACM, CMT and CMA Awards. 

For more information on Keith Urban and very special guest Sugarland and other great events at Mohegan Sun, visit mohegansun.com.  For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1.888.226.7711, ext. 27163.

Mohegan Sun’s ‘Stimulus, Recovery and Rebound’ Package

New hotel packages, free entertainment, and good eats for cheap to keep your social life from a downturn

With a downed economy, everyone is looking for affordable options on everything from groceries and gas to leisure activities. At Mohegan Sun, we are providing one-stop shopping on a variety of affordable options from tasty treats and hotel stays to low-limit games and free entertainment.

Recently, the Northeast’s premier entertainment destination announced plans to have $5.00 minimum bet blackjack available 24/7.  But this is not a new concept for Mohegan Sun. It was the first gaming facility on the complete Eastern Shoreline to offer ½ cent slot machines in 2007 and became the only casino in the country to offer ¼ cent slot machines in 2008. More recently, Mohegan Sun announced ½ cent progressive slots with a jackpot totaling over $190,000.

For non-gamers looking for a steal, Mohegan Sun offers a bounty of options whether it’s a free show in the Wolf Den, a casual lunch for two at Birches Bar & Grill or a couple’s getaway.

Affordable Entertainment
Mohegan Sun’s original entertainment venue, the Wolf Den, rocks the house with free daily entertainment. From Country to Rock to DJs in the Den, the 300-seat venue offers a state-of-the-art sound system and full beverage service, all within an intimate setting. Guests must be 21 or older and seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

In the 10,000-seat Arena, guests can see top concerts and sporting events without having to pay a heavy fee. Artists such as 3 Doors Down, Aaron Lewis and Fall Out Boy all have tickets available for upcoming shows at under $50.00 per ticket. Mohegan Sun Arena is also the home court for the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun. Tickets can be purchased individually starting at $16.00 per person, mini-plans at $100.00 per person and season passes at $255.00 per person.

From Tasty Treats to Super Sweet Deals
It might not be the dollar menu, but Mohegan Sun is serving up a number of affordable dishes at its 30-plus dining outlets. Whether it’s a three-course lunch special at Birches Bar & Grill for $15.00 or an Italian buffet served on the terrace at celebrity chef Todd English’s Tuscany for roughly $18.00, there is something for every appetite and budget at Mohegan Sun. The 130,000 square-foot Shops at Mohegan Sun is also home to over 30 top retailers. Guests can pick up a box of treats for their sweet at Godiva Chocolatier, a nick-knack at The Old Farmer’s Almanac General Store, or bath bomb at LUSH Cosmetics.

A Place to Getaway
In mid-January, Mohegan Sun unveiled seven new hotel packages including spa appointments, gourmet meals, romantic getaways and trips for gal pals, all at a value.  Complete details on these packages are available at mohegansun.com/staying – click on “special packages.” Some restrictions may apply; see website for complete details.

In addition, any guest that books a hotel reservation two weeks prior to their stay, will save $50.00 on the nightly rate. By planning ahead, guests can experience Mohegan Sun’s luxurious 4-diamon hotel at rates starting at just $99.00. Some restrictions apply, and this offer is not valid on hotel packages.  For more information visit mohegansun.com/staying and click on “special packages.”

Good as Cash
It pays to be a Player’s Club member. Each point earned is equivalent to one dollar in cash and can be used to purchase anything on property (excluding gaming) from dinner for two and tickets to a show, hotel stays at a 4-Diamond hotel, appointments at a world-class spa or gas at Mohegan Sun Mobil Gas Station & Convenience Center. Points can also be used at Mohegan Sun Travel to book the perfect getaway like a Caribbean cruise or tickets to a Broadway performance.

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States.  Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, 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.