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Foxwoods El San Juan Casino opens at Fairmont El San Juan Hotel

17 November 2021

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and LionGrove are excited to announce that the highly anticipated Foxwoods El San Juan Casino, located at the iconic Fairmont El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico, officially welcomed the public through its doors on Wednesday, 17 November as a soft launch. A grand opening celebration is planned for January 2022. With no passport required for U.S. travelers, Foxwoods El San Juan Casino and the amenities of Fairmont El San Juan Hotel make for a perfect holiday destination.

Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierlusi, Mayor of Carolina José Carlos Aponte Dalmau, Tribal Council members, Foxwoods’ President and CEO, local dignitaries and members of the community all gathered for a ribbon cutting on November 17 at 11:00 a.m. Foxwoods El San Juan Casino then welcomed in thousands of guests ready to experience hundreds of the newest slot machines, top table games and first-class service that complements the resort’s well-appointed luxury accommodations and amenities.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation also owns and operates Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, the largest resort casino in North America. Recently named a #1 “Best Casino” by USA Today readers for the third time, Foxwoods Resort Casino offers guests a premier resort experience through its six world-class casinos, AAA Four Diamond hotels featuring over 2,200 rooms, dining options for all tastes, luxurious spas, state-of-the-art theaters and so much more – providing a personalized and exciting escape for everyone. The Mashantucket Tribe is excited to extend their vast experience to Puerto Rico.

“As planned, we are thrilled to finally reopen our doors after five years and deliver exciting new gaming and entertainment experiences to the wonderful people of Puerto Rico and visitors from afar,” said Stuart I.C. Levene, Managing Director/GM of Foxwoods El San Juan Casino. “This property has been emblematic for Puerto Rico and thus our intent was to maintain the rich history of the venue, and we truly believe the casino’s new identity beautifully pays homage to the casino’s legendary history. Today marks the beginning of an iconic new chapter for Puerto Rico’s gaming innovation, and we’re excited for all to experience the revitalized Foxwoods El San Juan Casino firsthand.”

“This past January, we made the historic announcement that this iconic casino would reopen its doors. After a lot of work, today I am pleased to be present to formalize the opening of Foxwoods El San Juan Casino, said Governor Pierluisi. “With Foxwoods El San Juan Casino’s capital investment of $ 12.5M, the casino will positively impact our economy and create over 150 direct jobs. I remain committed to the economic development of our Island, through efforts like Foxwoods El San Juan Casino, to boost tourism growth and investment in Puerto Rico," he concluded.

“Today is a landmark milestone for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation as we expand the Foxwoods Resort Casino brand - for the first time ever - to the Caribbean,” said Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Chairman Rodney Butler. “We’re honored to bring real economic value and tourism to the region – including an estimated economic impact of $22 million – with the launch of Foxwoods El San Juan Casino and remain a committed partner as we help build a bright future for the island. We thank our partners at LionGrove and Fairmont El San Juan for making this happen.”

“We are proud to help drive the economic development of Puerto Rico with this new alliance through the reopening of our luxurious casino and with all that has been achieved with our iconic Fairmont El San Juan Hotel, recently named by the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler magazine as the number one hotel in Puerto Rico and number three in the Caribbean,” expressed Andro Nodarse-Leon, Founder & CEO of LionGrove, Co-owner of El San Juan Hotel.

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