Foxwoods readyto break ground

Nov 8, 2005 3:54 AM

The owners of Foxwoods Resort Casino will break ground Nov. 15 on a massive expansion that will provide their customers with more gaming, entertainment and resort amenities, as well as convention space, retail facilities and much more.

The $700 million project should be completed in the summer of 2008, and will add 2,300 permanents jobs at Foxwoods, bringing total employment to more than 13,500.

The new development will add 2 million square feet to the resort’s present 4.7 million square feet.

Perini Building Company has been hired to handle the construction and the architect is the Paul Steelman Design Group.

Specifically, the project includes:

”¡ New hotel tour with 824 rooms and a 21,000-square-foot spa.

”¡ Meeting and convention space totaling 115,000 square feet

”¡ A 50,000 square foot ballroom

”¡ A 4,000-seat performing arts center

”¡ An additional 50,000 square feet of casino space that will accommodate 1,500 slot machines and 45 table games, bringing the property’s new total to 8,900 slots and 425 tables.

This new development project at Foxwoods is another fulfillment of our pledge made years ago, to provide the very best in resort amenities for our customers," said Michael Thomas, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. "It is further proof that we intend to be the gaming destination of choice for everyone in the United States and the world."

The project also comes after the Tribal Nation’s opening, earlier this year, of the Lake of Isles resort, a pair of Rees Jones-designed 18-hole golf courses laid out around a 90-acre lake in the deeply wooded Connecticut countryside. The golf courses, one private and one public, have a year-round golf academy and a rustic clubhouse that has become a popular spot for weddings and event gatherings.

The opening of the Lake of Isles project was part of the completion of the $300 million Rainmaker Expansion, and resort renovation that featured the largest Hard Rock Café in New England.