LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The British government is facing the threat of legal action from Millennium Dome redevelopers the Anschutz Entertainment Group, after the company lost a bid for the country’s first supercasino.
Anschutz is reportedly planning to challenge the decision of the Casino Advisory Panel that rejected the Greenwich bid, instead awarding the contract to a resort in Manchester.
AEG has already begun working on phase of its plans to build Europe’s largest entertainment complex at the dome, which will also include a concert venue, bars and cinemas. A report by PriceWaterhouseCooper suggested that the development could take so long to become profitable without the casino that the project would be pointless from the start.
David Campbell, president and CEO of AEG Europe, told the Guardian Unlimited, “We are very disappointed that the London borough of Greenwich has not been recommended as the location for the first regional casino. We are taking time to examine the findings in full and are considering our position.”
The company’s bid may have been damaged by allegations of kickbacks, after Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott admitted to spending time at Philip Anschutz’s Colorado ranch and accepting gifts from the billionaire. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers