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MGM Grand at Foxwoods ready for opening

31 March 2008

CONNECTICUT -- As reported by the New York Daily News: "From the looks of things at the almost-finished MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Connecticut, the biggest gamble its developers might be taking is betting that the 825-room, business-friendly hotel and casino will be ready for its scheduled grand opening on May 17.

"A hardhat tour of the grounds in mid-March found plenty of Sheetrock dust, acres of vacant casino space awaiting the arrival of 1,400 slot machines, and only the skeletal beginnings of the escalators and airport-style people-movers that will shuttle guests through a skywalk being built between the new resort and the existing Pequot Tower (which is undergoing its own major renovation).

"But not to worry, said Christopher O'Connell, director of hotel operations at Foxwoods. Not only is construction on schedule, but every room in the hotel will be ready on May 17 - no soft openings or phase-ins, he said.

"...The $700 million project has the potential to lure conventions from big cities. The new property adds 115,000 square feet of meeting and convention space to Foxwoods, including the 50,000-square-foot Premier Ballroom, double the size of Foxwoods' existing Grand Ballroom. The Premier will be the largest column-free ballroom in North America, according to Foxwoods.

"As the business-oriented center of Foxwoods, the MGM Grand will address some of the shortcomings of the present facilities..."

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