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Facing competition, Mohegan Sun to add a 400-room hotel

A rendering of the proposed 400-room Earth Hotel at Mohegan Sun.Mohegan Sun

Facing a future of competition with casinos in Massachusetts, Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun casino said it will build a new hotel to open next year.

Tribal and state officials said Thursday that the 400-room Earth Hotel would give the entertainment complex the opportunity to welcome more patrons. Last year, the tribe’s Sky Hotel had to turn away more than 500,000 room-nights because it didn’t have the capacity to welcome so many visitors, said Mitchell Etess, the chief exeutive of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority.

“Since the Mohegan Sun opened, a Best Western has opened, a Hyatt Place has opened, a Microtel has opened,” said Etess. “We have a huge amount of unmet demand.”


The Earth Hotel will be modeled after the casino’s Sky Hotel, which is taller and has 1,200 rooms. It will cost $120 million to build and create 1,000 construction and permanent jobs, the tribe said, and will open in fall 2016.

The Mohegan tribe had sought to build a casino in Revere, but its proposal was rejected. The Uncasville-based Mohegan Sun soon will have to compete with casinos in Springfield and Everett that have been approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Etess added that hotel construction will move forward in a matter of weeks, but a previously planned retail development was currently on hold.

“Post-not getting a license in Massachusetts, we’ve been reevaluating the entire space usage of the facility here,” he said.

Jack Newsham can be reached at jack.newsham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheNewsHam.