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Mohegan Wins OLG Casino Bid

Johnnie Rivera | 28 September 2018

Mohegan Gaming and EntertainmentMohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) has reported that they have won the tender for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG)’s Gaming Bundle in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It was a tough selection process, but they beat out other hopefuls and are looking forward to this opportunity to put their mark on the burgeoning Canadian industry.

Summer 2019 will see MGE effectively running the operations for Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort, as well as the future 5,000-seat Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre, located adjacent to Fallsview Resort.

What’s The Plan?

MGE’s plan is to invest heavily in the 2 sites, connecting up their offerings with the future Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre, and creating a once-in-a-lifetime entertainment experience. MGE is known for setting up the ‘all-encompassing’ entertainment destination. This is expected to boost visitation to the area, and result in improved tourism and job creation.

Collaboration Between Multiple Parties

This will be an exciting collaboration between OLG and MGE, Canadian Niagara Hotels Inc., Niagara Falls Entertainment Partners, the city and other local stakeholders.

Anthony Casdia, senior vice president of business intelligence, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment admits they are looking forward to it. In what is being called a twin-anchors strategy, he believes this partnership will be a crucial element in the success of tourism in the area. He explains how the Entertainment Centre will be used for the benefit of the entire Region, by creating unique experiences, as well as more jobs. He believes this will in turn drive and encourage economic growth.  He says they are eager to put their experience to work and establish the Entertainment Centre as one of Canada’s top-ranked venues.

All About Growth

OLG believes that Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment are the right people for the job. Dino DiCienzo, president of the Canadian Niagara Hotel believes they understand what needs to be done, and says he is confident that this gaming destination operator will work in conjunction with the community and take the region’s casinos to the next level.

Land-based gaming is experiencing a modernization, says Stephen Rigby, OLG’s president and CEO, and in selecting MGE they are setting multiple wheels in motion, investing in communities and providing customers with ‘new and exciting entertainment options.’ The success of the casinos in the area will depend on making use of the wide selection of tourism and entertainment that is on offer throughout the region.

By working together, Mohegan is helping them ensure on going success, keeping the local gaming market competitive and relevant.