“We firmly believe in the rural vs. urban model here in this part of the country,” said Etess. “We know based on our experience what is necessary to support the much preferred rural gaming environment here. We know what kind of attractions work. We know what kind of things you need to create additional trips.”
Mohegan plans to ramp up its marketing for the project in the coming weeks.
“As we proceed forward, we will be refining what we’re doing more specifically and releasing it to the general public,” said Etess.
Etess said the project will be “a very, very compelling resort destination,” despite a budget $100 million to $200 million less than those announced by his competitors.
“It’s very easy to say all that right now,” he said, casting doubt on the cost estimates promoted by competitors. “How much of that is really going to be built at the beginning? It’s not about what you’re spending, or anything other than providing the most revenue for the Commonwealth with your project. And I can promise you, we will be building the project that is capable of doing that.”