Mohegan Sun Casino celebrates its 25th anniversary


Tuesday marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Connecticut. The casino is known for its gambling, but also for its entertainment over the years, from Taylor Swift to Bruce Springsteen.

“I mean, I remember when we had an outdoor lodge where Lennox Lewis fought one of his championship fights,” said Jeff Hamilton, president and CEO of Mohegan Sun. He has worked at the casino for 17 years. “It was like a big event for Uncasville back then and I remember all the people flocking from the Winter Lot to the restaurant I was working at, and you just know the excitement of having entertainment here at the start. , even before having an arena.

Hamilton said the casino’s success was because it was innovative and allowed customers and future employees to see what it takes to run a casino with their award-winning TV show – Back of House.

“So it’s been a great recruiting tool, people are enthusiastic. And I also think of the brand. I’ll tell you as I walk around the property, people always say “oh, you’re Jeff Hamilton from Back of House”. I see you on my TV at the hotel, or I saw you on Back of House TV and it actually allows me to have a conversation with the customers, ”he said.

The casino’s anniversary is also the day Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods, and the Connecticut Lottery can bring the state’s first online game to a limited number of residents. As of Tuesday at 3 p.m., each of the three state and tribal lottery partner sportsbooks can accommodate 750 customers.

Legal sports betting in the state kicked off last month with some issues related to betting on Mohegan Sun’s WNBA team, the Connecticut Sun.

The casino arena, where the Sun plays, has hosted over 13.5 million guests since it opened in 2001, and has hosted over 3,000 paid events in its history to date.

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