Issue 91
June 3 - 9, 2002
Volume 3
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Mohegan Sun Celebrates Grand Opening With Star-Studded Lineup

Greektown Unveils Expansion Plans

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Argosy Gives Go-Ahead for $105M Casino Expansion


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Mohegan Sun Celebrates Grand Opening
With Star-Studded Lineup

Mohegan Sun's Sky EntranceUNCASVILLE, CT - Some of the music industry's greatest legends will be under one roof June 21st-23rd to help Mohegan Sun celebrate the grand opening of its luxury Mohegan Sun Hotel and Elemis Spa at Mohegan Sun. Performances by Rosie O'Donnell, Cher, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and The Blues Brothers are all part of the weekend festivities expected to attract celebrities, VIPs and high rollers alike.

"We're excited to play host to what will be one of the most remarkable events in entertainment history," said Mitchell Etess, Mohegan Sun's Executive Vice President of Marketing. "We have built a destination second to none, especially in the Northeast, and we can't wait to officially unveil it."

The star-studded weekend begins Friday night, June 21, in the 10,000- seat Mohegan Sun Arena with a sold-out concert by pop music icon Cher (opening act is Cyndi Lauper) followed by a 90-minute performance by The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi) in the 350-seat Wolf Den, the centerpiece venue within Mohegan Sun's Casino of the Earth. On Saturday night, June 22nd, Rosie O'Donnell will make a special appearance, her first stand-up performance since retiring her hugely popular, Emmy Award-winning television show. She will perform in Mohegan Sun's 40,000-square-foot Uncas Ballroom, the largest in the Northeast. Following Rosie's performance will be the pairing of two American music legends, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin, who will share a stage together for the first time in more than 20 years. The audience can expect additional surprise appearances by well-known musicians and celebrities. All performances, with the exception of Cher and The Blues Brothers, are private, invitation-only affairs.

Designed by the highly acclaimed interior architect David Rockwell of the New York City-based Rockwell Group, Mohegan Sun is a multi-dimensional destination featuring a 1,200-room hotel (including 180 suites), a 20,000- square-foot, world-class spa, fitness center, premier meeting and convention space and gourmet restaurants by celebrity restaurateurs such as Todd English, Jasper White and Michael Jordan.

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Places. What began with the Casino of the Earth in 1996 has evolved into a legendary destination that now includes: the Casino of the Sky and over 300,000 square feet of total gaming space; The Shops at Mohegan Sun, featuring more than 40 retail shops and dining venues ranging from food court-style to gourmet; the 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena for world-class sporting events and concerts, and an intimate Cabaret; and a 34-story luxury hotel, featuring 1,200 guest rooms and suites, premier meeting and convention space and a world-class spa.


Greektown Unveils Expansion Plans

DETROIT - Greektown Casino officials unveiled expansion plans on May 31.

The casino hopes to build a 400-room hotel, 1,000-seat theater and an unspecified amount of convention space. The $375 million development plan calls for stretching the casino an additional four blocks from its current location.

Greektown Casino, along with the MGM Grand and MotorCity casinos, is expected to complete a 400-room hotel in time for the 2006 Super Bowl at Ford Field.

The announcement comes as Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and the City Council continue trying to iron out their differences in reaching an agreement on permanent casino deals.

Greektown Casino is owned 90 percent by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and 10 percent by local investors.

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