UNCASVILLE, CT (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — House of Blues co-founder Dan Ackroyd was on hand to help Mohegan Sun executives and Tribal members break ground on a major new expansion at the Connecticut casino.
The press conference, officiated by Mitchell Etess and Mohegan Tribal Chairman Bruce "Two Dogs" Boszum, took place on the rooftop of the Winter Garage overlooking the construction site. In addition to Dan Aykroyd, other guests included David Mexico of the Rockwell Group of New York, Debbie Eybers, President of House of Blues, Jim Jablonski, Chief Operating Officer of House of Blues, Aidan Scully, Senior Vice President of House of Blues, and Jim Koplik, Live Nation's Chairman of the Northeast Region.
Included in the expansion is a major new HoB themed hotel featuring approximately 920 rooms, 261 of which will be themed House of Blues rooms. Guests staying in the House of Blues-themed rooms will be registered independently of other guests.
In addition to themed hotel rooms, the expansion will provide Mohegan Sun with a major new music venue, restaurant, retail outlet with House of Blues memorabilia, and special events room. Live Nation will own and operate a 1,500-capacity House of Blues music venue, joining three other extant venues at the casino, allowing them to accommodate anywhere from 300 to 10,000 guests.
When completed, the new expansion will add more than 1.4 million square feet to Mohegan Sun's existing structure and has a target opening date set for October of 2010. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers