Tribe behind Foxwoods announces plans for Mississippi casino development

By Tom Lewis
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has announced plans to launch a Foxwoods-branded resort and casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The casino will be developed as part of a strategic partnership between the Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise, Biloxi Boardwalk Ventures and The Hartmann Group.

The $265m Foxwoods Resort Casino at Biloxi Pointe will be located on a 23-acre site in the Back Bay area of the Mississippi town, offering multiple amenities including a 50,000 square foot casino, a 500 room hotel and 71,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space.

Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council, Rodney Butler, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to not only expand geographic diversification for the Foxwoods brand, but also leverage our management expertise well beyond New England.”

Chris Ferrara, Managing Member for Biloxi Boardwalk Ventures, added: “The agreement with Foxwoods and The Hartmann Group fulfils a dream to develop this site and stimulate economic development by creating thousands of new construction and service jobs for the residents in the East Biloxi and regional communities.”

Ferrara purchased the land for the proposed site in 2002, gaining approval to construct a casino from the Mississippi Gaming Commission in 2012.

The partners hope to launch the casino with a grand opening in spring 2019.

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