The gambling floor in Foxwood is set to grow by 50,000 square feet under a new plan announced Wednesday.
Foxwoods Casino said it plans to open a new gaming space next year as well as a restaurant owned by a famous chef. The project is part of the casino which is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary.
In February, the casino announced a project to expand its meeting space.
“From the humble beginnings of bingo in 1986 to the impressive full range of gaming options now available at Foxwoods, we are pleased to announce yet another amenity that will draw guests from near and far to visit,” Jason Joyott, President of Foxwoods and Executive DirectorHe said in a statement. “Through our team’s shared commitment to advancing the Foxwoods experience, together we continue to redefine what it means to be a leader in hospitality, gaming and entertainment, and we can’t wait to bring that vision to life.”
The announcement states that the arcade expansion will be in the Grand Ballroom in the Grand Pequot area of the casino. It is not clear how many new slots or table games will be included in the new floor space.
Foxwoods currently has about 3,000 slots and about 250 table games.
The casino already has about 300,000 square feet of gambling space. Construction on the new project is scheduled to begin in November and is expected to be completed next year.
Last fall, Foxwoods opened its sportsbook after the state of Connecticut approved the activity. The state is one of more than 30 states in the country that use sports betting. Foxwoods has partnered with DraftKings for sports betting.
The casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, a federally recognized Indian tribe located in one of the oldest preserves in existence, Mashantucket, in southeastern Connecticut.
Foxwoods opened on February 15, 1992. In 1992, the tribe added table games, followed by additional slot machines in 1993. For years after opening in 1992, Foxwoods had a monopoly on casino gambling in the area.