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Foxwoods Opens $300 Million Expansion

19 August 2004

MASHANTUCKET, Connecticut – (PRESS RELEASE)-- Foxwoods Resort Casino (http://www.foxwoods.com), the largest casino in the world, is raising the stakes by celebrating its $300 million expansion today with the opening of the newly expanded Rainmaker Casino and Hard Rock Cafe, (http://www.hardrock.com) one of the world's most recognizable brands known for dining, rock music, memorabilia and entertainment.

The new Foxwoods is primed to impress from the moment guests drive into the resort, entering a brand new seven-story, 2,100 space parking garage with direct access to the new Rainmaker Casino. Patrons are only minutes away from 750 new slot machines, bringing the total to over 7,400 slot machines on property. Patrons will walk by glass enclosed cases of famous Hard Rock memorabilia lined by stone columns, flanking glass enclosed concourses, continuing the Foxwoods tradition of bringing the vibrant outdoors atmosphere inside the facility.

The new Foxwoods expansion also features compelling new food & beverage and retail options. Visitors to the casino can now indulge in a culinary slice of the Big Apple at Carnegie Deli and Nathan's. Add into the mix stellar new shops with name brand items such as Kenneth Cole, Burberry, Dior, Gucci, Movado, TAG Heuer, Maxx NY, Reebok and Sony and the transformation continues to take shape.

Another "ace in the hole" for Foxwoods is the highly-anticipated 36-hole Lake of Isles elite golf course designed by renowned architect Rees Jones. The breathtaking 50,000-square-foot clubhouse will be completed this September with the championship-caliber courses ready to tee it up next spring. The significant investment further solidifies Foxwoods as the preeminent casino in the Northeast and reinforces Foxwoods' position as a resort destination and total experience.

"Foxwoods strives to provide the ultimate gaming, entertainment and hospitality experience, while always offering something new and memorable," said Bill Sherlock, president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. "This overall expansion and the addition to our existing operation of one of the most recognizable brands in the world, Hard Rock Cafe, provides a perfect complement to the overall guest experience at Foxwoods. Additionally, the expansion of our Rainmaker Casino and introduction of vibrant new retail and food & beverage illustrates our commitment to our guests and lays the groundwork for the future diversification at Foxwoods, as we continue to evolve and distance ourselves from the competition."

Specific enhancements at the new Foxwoods will include:

* Rainmaker Casino Expansion -- The gaming expansion of the project features 20,000 square feet of additional space and an additional 750 state-of-the-art slot machines, with additional table games and an expanded Poker Room.

* Hard Rock Cafe -- The first Hard Rock in the state of Connecticut and one of the most recognizable brands in the world, the Foxwoods Hard Rock features live music and memorabilia

* Lake of Isles (Clubhouse opens September 2004; Course scheduled to open Spring 2005) -- A 50,000 square foot facility serving resort and private courses includes restaurant and banquet capability for 300+ guests

* New 2,100 Space Parking Garage -- Standing seven stories high, the structure will provide easier access to the resort's casino and bingo areas

* The Tree House Arcade -- Encompasses 5,500 square feet on two stories featuring more than 140 games and a state-of-the-art motion simulator

* Several new food & beverage options including NYC-based stalwarts Carnegie Deli and Nathan's, Pizzeria Uno and Subway

* New retail outlets, Nike Activa, Scenses, Storytellers and Satchels feature name brand items such as Tommy Bahama, Dior, Gucci, Fossil, Movado, TAG Heuer, Puma, Yankee Candle, Dooney & Bourke, Crabtree & Evelyn, Maxx NY, Godiva, Swarovski and many, many more.

* New Wampum Rewards Mega Store -- Opening in October, this 3,700 square foot mega store becomes the largest retail outlet at Foxwoods and drives the point redemption program to new levels. It will feature well respected brand names such as Sony, Panasonic, Whirlpool, Kitchen Aid, Craftsman, John Deere and more

* Multiple new food & beverage outlets to open between Winter 2004 and Spring 2005.

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