On second thought...Connecticut airport wants casino

Nov 6, 2015 9:28 AM

The Connecticut Airport Authority has revived its proposal for a casino at Bradley International Airport.

The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes are to jointly operate the casino and said they will accept proposals until 4 p.m. Friday.

MGM Resorts International has gone to court contesting the  legislation that shut out bidders other than the two tribes. The outcome of this opposition is a still-developing story for another day.

In the meantime, the Windsor Locks Board of Selectmen rejected the notion of a casino at the airport, but a closer look at that action caused the Airport Authority to reconsider.

Two of the selectmen voting against the casino were not running for re-election. There were also concerns about expanding the town’s police force and the cost of dealing with other disruptions.

Airport Executive Director Kevin Dillon confirmed Thursday that a casino proposal will be submitted  to the tribes by their Friday afternoon deadline. The tribes indicated that the proposals received by the Friday deadline would not have to be complete.

Dillon said that if the Authority’s bid is successful a casino could be opened immediately either as an interim operation in the Sheraton Hotel or in a new terminal on top of a new transportation center.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected].