Mohegan Sun opens Casino of the Wind
Mohegan Sun in August opened its 64,000-square-foot Casino of the Wind, part of its $925 million Project Horizon expansion.
After a tribal blessing ceremony Aug. 29, a 100-foot curtain that has masked the casino as it was prepared for the public was parted to reveal the space designed to reflect Mohegan Tribal traditions honoring the wind.
Designed by the Rockwell Group and WATG, the space includes a 42-table poker room and additional slots and table games, creating 45,000 square feet of new gaming space. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville and Chief's Deli, which returns to Mohegan Sun after a two-year hiatus, are also located within Casino of the Wind.
“Today, we begin a new phase of Mohegan Sun's continuing growth as one of the premier gaming and entertainment destinations in the world,” said Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe. “Following in the footsteps of Casino of the Earth and Casino of the Sky, the Rockwell Group again utilized our Tribal traditions in their design and conception for the new Casino of the Wind.”
Casino of the Wind draws inspiration from solar phenomena, artistic representations of some of the Mohegan Tribe's most timeless traditions are highlighted, including the spirits of the four winds: north, south, east and west.
“The central idea behind the design of Casino of the Wind is the re-interpretation of wind as it moves through space, transforming the surface it touches,” said Rob Holecek, chief executive officer of WATG. “WATG has created an addition that blends gracefully and seamlessly, both aesthetically and functionally with the existing Casino of the Sky entrance, and yet is large enough to contain gaming, food & beverage and casino support functions.”
Some of the key design elements of the new space include a 35-foot high by 50-foot wide electronic and animated water wall that acts as a projection screen, four 35-foot stacked solid glass clad columns and a custom chandelier over the new 30-seat bar.
“We have worked countless hours with the Mohegan Tribe to ensure their vision became a reality,” said David Mexico, Senior Designer for the Rockwell Group.
Casino of the Wind is part of Mohegan Sun’s second major expansion, the $925 million Project Horizon slated for completion in 2010. The first major expansion Project Sunburst brought Casino of the Sky, The Shops at Mohegan Sun and Mohegan Sun's hotel to the property in 2001.
With the addition of Casino of the Wind, Mohegan Sun is now home to more than 6,700 slot machines and more than 375 table games throughout the 3.5 million-square-foot facility.