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Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Hits Major Construction Milestone & Names Spa Partner

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

WILKES- BARRE, PA (April 18, 2013) – During a press conference this morning, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs’ President Mike Bean marked a major milestone in the Project Sunlight construction plan as executives from Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Mohegan Tribal officials and members of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) celebrated the topping off of the Hotel and Convention Center.  This topping off ceremony, as it is officially known, marks the end of the steel construction. Workers have already made progress on enclosing the complex which is slated to open this fall.

Bean also announced plans to add a Spa & Salon to the seven-story hotel. Spa Sapphire, which is privately owned and operated, will encompass more than 4,000 square feet of unsurpassed five-star services and endless luxury.

“I would like to thank all the men and women who have dedicated countless hours of hard work and commitment to this project and have made this all possible,” said Mike Bean, President of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. “Today’s announcement and topping off ceremony are just some of the many milestones Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will have this year including the opening of Project Sunlight this fall.”

Under clear skies, a crowd of eager guests watched as a spruce pine tree was hoisted more than 80 feet into the air before resting on the top of the new Hotel and Convention Center. This tradition, which is often done with an evergreen or a tree native to the local region, is a gesture of goodwill.

A Place to Unwind

The Hotel at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will be home to 238 guest rooms comprised of 218 standard rooms and 20 suites. The seven-story hotel will also be home to a bistro serving breakfast and light fare, a spa & salon, indoor pool, fitness center and a new porte-cochere.

A Time to Rest and Relax

Compromised of extraordinary ambience and legendary services, Spa Sapphire promises a luxury spa experience along with state-of-the-art salon services. Located on the first floor of the new hotel, Spa Sapphire will have a team of advanced technicians and specialists who will be available for a wide variety of sophisticated services including: massage, facials, manicures, pedicures, hair and makeup services, as well as a full service men’s salon, a couple’s suite, whirlpool, sauna and much more.

A Space to Meet

As part of Project Sunlight, a 20,000 square-foot Convention Center will also be added adjacent to the new hotel. The space, which can be subdivided for meetings of various sizes, can host meetings ranging from small intimate groups to larger ones of 1,600, as well as banquets up to 800. Additionally, the space is easily converted into an events center to host concerts of up to 1,500.

Not Just A Job, But A Career

As one of the larger employers in the Luzerne County with currently more than 1,700 employees, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs’ Project Sunlight adds an additional 350 construction jobs.  More than 250 permanent positions are also estimated to be added ranging from hotel management to front desk staff, housekeeping, banquets, event staffing, security, food & beverage and more.  

It’s All in the Design

Similar to the other design elements found throughout Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, the new hotel and convention center’s design is based off of indigenous materials of Luzerne County. Design inspiration draws directly from the landscape, the flora, wildlife, natural resources and the personality of the Susquehanna River Valley.

Who Knew?

Everyone knows Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will the Hotel & Convention Center at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. To date, more than 54,000 man hours have already gone into the project. The construction team was hard at work erecting more than 1,000 tons of steel used to frame the new seven-story hotel and 20,000 square-foot adjacent Convention Center. When complete, more than 5,200 feet of concrete will have been poured and 14,575 yards of carpet installed.

About Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs:

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including more than 82 live table games, 2,300 slot machines, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.win.inpa (1.888.946.4672) or visiting mohegansunpocono.com

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Announces Hotel and Convention Center

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

New hotel and Convention Center to add more than 600 jobs to the region and increase tourism to the region

 During a press conference this morning, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, one of the largest and most distinctive entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania, announced plans to add a seven story, 238-room hotel and Convention Center. The event was immediately followed by a groundbreaking ceremony in which representatives replaced the traditional ‘shovel in the ground’ with a more unconventional approach of using a jackhammer to officially kick off construction.

The project, which is being coined Project Sunlight, is anticipated to create nearly 350 construction jobs over the course of the 15-months it will take to complete.  In addition, roughly 270 permanent positions will be added to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs increasing its total number of employees to nearly 2,000, and making them one of the larger employers in the region.

“Since we first opened we knew that a hotel and convention center would greatly enhance our operation and make a more complete destination. The timing just had to be right,” said Bobby Soper, President and CEO of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

“We are excited to announce that we are moving forward with this ambitious project, and we are even more thrilled about what this means to the local economy from a job creation and tourism perspective, added Soper.”

As part of Project Sunlight, the seven story, 238-room hotel will include a combination of standard guest rooms and suites and feature rooms with exclusive views of the Race Track, as well as a fitness center, indoor pool and a Bistro serving breakfast and light fare. A new porte-cochere is also being added for additional guest convenience.

The adjacent Convention Center being added will be roughly 20,000 square feet and be available for a number of special events, meetings, concerts and more. With divisible space, the new Convention Center at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will be able to accommodate a number of different sized groups up to 800 for seated banquets. The space can even be converted into a concert venue, holding up 1,500 seats.

Project Sunlight is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2013. For more information on Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, please visit mohegansunpocono.com.

About Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs:

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the largest and most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in the scenic hillside of Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs was the first facility in Pennsylvania to add slot machines and is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including over 80 live table games, 2,500 slot machines and electronic table games, as well as a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing eight months out of the year. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.win.inpa (1.888.946.4672) or visiting mohegansunpocono.com.

Summertime Fun at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Fourth annual Hot Summer Fun kicks off May 27th and runs throughout the summer

WILKES-BARRE, PA – As the temperature rises, so does the action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with the 4th Annual Hot Summer Fun celebration. The summer-long festivities run from Memorial Day weekend through September 2nd and include themed-days, great promotions, cash prizes, giveaways, spectacular fireworks, signature events, dining deals, shopping specials and much more!

Throughout the summer, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will be hosting a number of promotions including a $50,000 Summer Dream Sweepstakes in June where Player’s Club members can earn their share of $50,000 in prizes. In July, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will be home to the Twice as Nice sweepstakes. Player’s Club members can earn entries to win not one but two Mercedes Benz. For complete rules on either promotion, visit mohegansunpocono.com.

Each Tuesday throughout the summer, guests can enjoy Tournament Tuesdays, featuring weekly slot and blackjack tournaments. Every Tuesday, a special blackjack tournament will be hosted with a guaranteed prize pool of $1,500 and can go as high as $4,600. Entry cost is $20.00 per person and will take place at 6:00pm, 6:45pm and 7:30pm.

For all the slot enthusiasts, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is also offering special slot tournaments throughout the summer. Sessions running every 30 minutes from 11:00am – 2:30pm and again from 6:00pm – 9:30pm. Entry cost is $15.00 per person with a guaranteed prize pool of over $1,200.

Beat the midweek blues with Wet & Wild Wednesdays featuring “Get  Wild in Our Cash  Cube,” where guests playing their favorite slot or table games will be randomly selected to enter a cash cube for their chance to win as much cash and Free Slot Play as they can grab. Drink specials will also be offered at a number of bars and restaurants on property.

The action continues throughout the summer with Thrills and Chills Thursdays. Every Thursday, guests can expect great promotions like the $500,000 Sizzling Summer Scratch and Win where every 30 minutes between 11:00am – 6:00pm, one lucky section of slots will be selected to win a scratch card.

Thrills and Chills Thursdays also marks the return of the annual Party on the Patio – which is bigger and better than ever! Each Thursday throughout Hot Summer Fun, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs hosts Party on the Patio on the racetrack apron from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. The hugely-popular event is free and open to guests 21 or older. Each week there will be a special performance beginning at 7:00pm by varying local tribute bands, in addition to great food and drink specials. After the band finishes, the party continues in Breakers with live entertainment until 2:00am.

Divas, on Friday grab your girlfriends and head on over to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for Diva Fridays where ladies can enjoy some of the best retail and dining specials as well as great entertainment and promotions.

In addition to these great promotions, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will also be home to spectacular fireworks beginning with the kickoff of Hot Summer Fun on May 27th.  Live entertainment will also be featured on the first day of Hot Summer Fun with band UUU.  Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will host more amazing fireworks displays on July 3rd and September 2nd. The fireworks extravaganzas are held at the racetrack apron beginning at approximately 9:30pm. They are free and open to guests of all ages.

That’s not all! Throughout the summer, guests can indulge in some great food and beverage specials at select locations including Ben & Jerry’s, Bar Louie, Rustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar, Wetzel’s Pretzels and Wolfgang Puck Express.

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will also be home to a number of special and signature events including the first ever Q and Chrome BBQ event on June 16th. This event will feature a variety of barbeque vendors, celebrity appearances, a classic car/bike show, live entertainment and more. In July, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will also host its first ever 80s Rock & Pop Fest on July 27th & 28th, featuring The Cherry Pie Tour with Warrant, Firehouse and Trixter and more.  Food and drinks will also be available at the fest.

In addition, there will be a number of signature events happening on property throughout the summer including Signings & Sightings with Kelly Killoren Bensimon, television star and author of I Can Make You Hot!  on Friday, June 1st. She will be signing copies of her new book, I Can Make You Hot, at 8pm at the Sky Bridge.

Guests can also get up-close-and-personal with Ron Turcotte, jockey for Triple Crown winner Secretariat for a special Signings & Sightings event on Friday, June 8th.  

Other events happening this summer at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs include Belmont Stakes Party on June 9th, the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial Trot on June 23rd, Sun Stakes Saturday on June 30th, Sizzling Girls of the Sun Contest on July 20th, an Anniversary Car Giveaway on July 21st, the NEPA Poker Classic July 22nd – 28th, as well as several opportunities to meet the drivers throughout the summer.

For more information on these upcoming signature events and others scheduled throughout the summer or for more information on Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs’ Hot Summer Fun celebrations, visit mohegansunpocono.com/hsf.

About Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is currently home to 55,000 square feet of gaming space including over 80 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN IN PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting mohegansunpocono.com.

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Launches New Diva Fridays

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Exclusive ladies-only offers, events and promotions each Friday

WILKES-BARRE, PA – Grab your girlfriends and head over to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for Diva Fridays! This new and exciting program, exclusively for the ladies, begins on February 3rd. Each Friday, ladies can enjoy some of the best retail and dining specials as well as great entertainment and promotions.

Signature Events

Each Friday, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is the place to be – but on select Fridays, there will be even more excitement as they host Signature Events, where the hottest entertainers and celebrities host free event and/or autograph signings. Past events have included, but aren’t limited to appearances by Teresa Giudice of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Kym Johnson of Dancing with the Stars, Siobhan Magnus of American Idol and Chelsie Hightower and Mark Ballas of Dancing with the Stars, among cast members of Jerseylicious, racing pro Kasey Kahne and so many more!

Exclusive Offers

Various shops and restaurants at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will be offering discounts as part of Diva Fridays including $3.00 Apple Martinis at Wolfgang Puck Express, $10.00 off a purchase of $75.00 or more at either Marshall Rousso or Ruby Blue and much more!  A full listing on all offers is available on poconodowns.com/entertainment/divas.html.

About Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is currently home to 55,000 square feet of gaming space including over 82 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.win.inpa (1.888.946.4672) or visiting mohegansunpocono.com.