Suffolk Downs this morning confirmed it has reached agreement with Mohegan Sun to be its development partner and casino operator for a new gambling resort on 42 acres of the track’s 52 acres in Revere.
Mohegan Sun replaces Caesars Entertainment, which was dropped from the casino venture in October due to concerns the gambling giant may fail its state background check.
“This is a historic day for the City of Revere, Suffolk Downs and all of New England,” said Richard Fields, principal owner of Suffolk Downs, in a statement. “By choosing Mohegan Sun as our resort casino developer and operator, we bring new energy and excitement to our pursuit of a gaming license – and a leader and premier brand in resort casino gaming that has been hugely successful in New England for 17 years.”
The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority operates Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.; Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; and the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
Mohegan joins the Revere venture after losing a casino referendum in Palmer on Nov. 5, the same day East Boston voters rejected a Suffolk Downs casino plan. The track’s ownership is trying to save their casino bid by moving the entire project into Revere, where voters supported it.
The state gambling commission has not yet decided if it will allow the Revere-only project to remain in the running for the Greater Boston resort casino license.