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by Alexis Ann
It is the lion’s share of decadence. It is luxuriant. It is “edgy.” It is fun. It is electrifying and friendly. It is the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, with dramatic opening parties held on May 16 and 17. The $700 million MGM Grand at Foxwoods, towers adjacent to Foxwoods Resort Casino, North America’s largest resort casino, opened to the public on Saturday at midnight.
The grand opening black-tie festivities were by invitation only and benefited The Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF). Some of the MPTF supporters in attendance include Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, Quincy Jones, Diddy….and several others.
The celebration kicked-off with an exclusive cocktail reception and dine-around highlighting celebrity chefs Michael Schlow of Alta Strada, Tom Colicchio of Craftsteak and Alan Rosen of Junior’s, to name a few. The excitement continued with an hour long red carpets featuring such famed celebrities as: Jenny McCarthy, CariDee English, Kim Kardashian, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and others. A private David Foster production with world-renowned entertainers Josh Groban, John Mayer, and surprise Grammy Award-winning artist, Alicia Keys. inaugurated the Grand MGM Theater.
Following the concert, Sean “Diddy” Combs hosted the ultra-exclusive late night “Diddy’s Den” and DJ AM spun at the opening of Shrine, an Asian-inspired kitchen, lounge and nightclub prior to a Sunday VIP brunch with the legendary Quincy Jones.
At midnight on Saturday, May 17, a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the resort casino to the public.
Connected to Foxwoods Resort Casino by a covered moving walkway, MGM Grand adds an additional two million square feet to the existing property. Guests will delight in the hotel’s 825 luxurious guest rooms and suites, featuring top-notch technology in a comfortable and modern atmosphere. For further relaxation and enjoyment, the new resort casino will offer the 21,000-square-foot G-Spa by Boston-based entrepreneur, Gretchen Monahan; the 4,000-seat MGM Grand Theater, featuring the world’s hottest performances, including Gloria Estefan’s premier three-day engagement over Memorial Day weekend; and a variety of gaming options, including 1,400 slot machines and 53 table games offering everything from Blackjack and Roulette to Craps, Spanish 21 and 3-Card Poker. The property also provides guests with fresh outlets for
retail therapy, with shops including Bally, Dunhill, Grand Effects (an MGM Grand logo store) and MacAppeal (an authorized reseller of all things Apple).
MGM Grand at Foxwoods will not only raise the standard of luxury hospitality in New England, but will provide a major boost to the region’s economy, creating more than 2,000 employment opportunities for residents of the surrounding community.
“We are thrilled to introduce a new level of luxury and sophistication to visitors and residents of CT alike with the opening of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods,” said Gillian Murphy, Senior Vice President and General
Manager, MGM Grand at Foxwoods.
“The services and amenities are on par with MGM standards and the dining, gaming and nightlife scenes will catapult the property to incredible new heights in the worlds of hospitality and entertainment.”