Mohegan Sun Casino Announces Plans to Expand

Entrance into the Mohegan Sun Casino
One of the largest tribal casinos is gearing up for another major expansion. The Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT announced it is planning a $15 million expansion plan. According to reports, the latest expansion plans will focus on improving the VIP options available.

The Mohegan Sun Casino is the third-largest tribal casino in the country. In addition to its wide array of gambling options, the casino resort also hosts several types of sporting events. In 2016, Mohegan Sun opened a new hotel tower.

For the latest expansion plans, the Mohegan Sun is working with a budget of $15 million. Renovations will focus on the Royal Suites and adding a new VIP Lounge. Also, some of the budget is reserved for the Mohegan Sun Golf Club.

The renovation announcement comes after another successful month for Connecticut’s two massive tribal casinos. Both the Mohegan Sun Casino and Foxwood Resort Casino combined for more than $75 million in profits from slot machines. They also brought in millions in GGR from their online casino games.

What Is the Mohegan Sun Casino?

The Mohegan Sun Casino is the second-largest tribal casino resort in Connecticut and the third-biggest in the US. It first opened in October 1996 and currently offers 364,000 square feet of gaming space. Players have access to slot machines, table games, and a sportsbook. The casino started offering iGaming last year after Connecticut amended its tribal gaming compact.

In addition to gaming options, the Mohegan Sun Casino has 1,563 guest rooms available. The Mohegan Sun has two different hotel towers. Guests have access to 45 different dining options across the massive casino resort. There are also plenty of top-notch amenities including spas, nightclubs, and live events.

Some of the live events offered at the Mohegan Sun Casino include professional MMA fights and other combat sports. The tribal casino is also the home of the WNBA team the Connecticut Suns. There are also live concerts held at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Some of the upcoming acts include. Limp Bizkit, Sting, Michael Bolton, and Chris Rock.

What Do the Renovation Plans Include?

The Mohegan Sun Casino was last renovated in 2016 when it opened the Earth Tower. This time around, tribal executives are focused on improving the experience of high rollers. The latest renovation plans call for the Casino of the Earth to add a new 6,500-square-foot VIP Lounge.

Renovation plans also include renovations to the two most luxurious gest suites. The rooms, nicknamed the Royal Suites, will receive complete makeovers. These renovations are estimated to cost $3 million. The tribe is working with New York’s Rockwell Group for the project.

Other hotel amenities, including the Casino of the Sky’s Sachem Lounge, will be renovated as well. A total of $1 million has been set aside for the Mohegan Sun Golf Club. Reports suggest that the money will mostly be used to purchase new maintenance equipment. Parts of the 18-hole championship golf course may also be redesigned in the coming years. The course itself is located in the nearby town of Baltic, CT.

March Was a Profitable Month for Tribal Casinos

Many states across the US have been experiencing a boom in gaming revenue. The two major tribal casinos in Connecticut are a part of that recent trend. In March, the Mohegan Sun Casino generated $44.7 million from its slot machines. The Foxwoods Resort Casino brought in a GGR of $30.4 million.

Both tribal casinos grew by over 2% compared to March 2021. The state also benefited from the growth. Connecticut receives a 25% hold of tribal gaming slot revenue. However, tribes keep all the profits from their table games.

Last year, Connecticut’s class III tribal casinos were permitted to launch online gaming operations. Mohegan Sun pulled in $8.1 million from its online casino. Its online sportsbook added another $3.5 million.

Meanwhile, the Foxwoods Resort Casino brought in $10.2 million from its online casino. Foxwood also earned $2.5 million from online sports betting. Connective taxes online casinos at a rate of 18%. Online sportsbooks are taxed slightly lower at a rate of 13.75%.

Conclusion

After a successful start to the new year, the Mohegan Sun Casino announced its plan to expand. The renovation effort is expected to cost $15 million and will be completed sometime next year. Plans include adding a new VIP Lounge, renovating luxury suites, and more.

Mohegan Sun Casino is already one of the premier gaming venues in the state. With these latest renovations, the tribe will attempt to improve the experience for its high rollers. The announcement came after the casino nearly $45 million in GGR last month from its slots alone.

The other major tribal casino in Connecticut, the Foxwoods Resort Casino, is also off to a hot start. Last month, Foxwoods generated over $30 million in GGR from slot machines. Both tribal casinos have benefited from the addition of iGaming options. As the competition between the state’s two biggest casinos continues to heat up, expect more expansions in the future.