Friday, May 16, 2008

Foxwoods' MGM Grand Casino To Open Late Saturday Night

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A ribbon-cutting will be held at 11 p.m. Saturday night for the opening of the new $700 million MGM Grand casino at Foxwoods. The new casino - on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation, about 10 miles from Mohegan Reservation - will open its doors one hour later at midnight.

The new 4,000-seat MGM Grand Theater will feature Gloria Estefan from Friday through Sunday. No seat in the theatre will be further than 126 feet from the stage.

The United Auto Workers union said they will picket the opening because they claim Foxwoods is refusing to bargain with them. Dealers at Foxwoods voted last fall to join the UAW. The UAW will picket between noon and 11 p.m. on Saturday and between 9 a.m. and noon on Sunday.