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Foxwoods About to Break Ground on Major Project

Large Entertainment Venue Will Be Built

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Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut will break ground on a $700 million development project Nov. 15. The expansion will add 2 million square feet to the resort's present size of 4.7 million square feet.

The project will add a large entertainment venue, hotel space, meeting and convention space, gaming, eight restaurants, night clubs, lounges, a spa and more parking to the resort.

It's scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2008.

When the project is finished, 2,300 more employees will be needed, which will bring employment at the casino to 13,500 people.

Foxwoods Casino Resort was opened in 1992 by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. The resort started as a 250,000-square-foot complex.

The casino seems to be always growing. A new poker room that will bring the number of tables from 76 to 114 will open in the spring of 2006.

And earlier this year, Foxwoods completed its Lake of Isles resort, a pair of Rees Jones-designed 18-hole championship courses laid out around a 90-acre lake in the deeply wooded Connecticut countryside. The opening of the Lake of Isles project was part of the $300 million Rainmaker Expansion and resort renovation that brought a Hard Rock Café, added additional gaming and retail space, and a major parking garage to Foxwoods.