The Webster Bank Arena is an outstanding 10,000-seat venue that hosts Sound Tigers hockey, Fairfield University and Sacred Heart sporting events and other attractions. Last December Mohegan Sun, in an effort to stamp a footprint in the state’s largest city with competitor MGM proposing a $675 million waterfront destination in Bridgeport, announced a partnership with the city-owned arena with a promise of concerts and a “commitment to Bridgeport, a city rich in history and culture, to help with the growth and rebirth of the Park City.” So far a hollow promise.
Besides a Connecticut Sun basketball game in May there’s nothing on the event calendar that suggests a partnership between “two of the strongest entertainment venues in the state joining forces. Not one concert planned. For much of the spring and summer, until hockey season returns in the fall, the arena is dark.
Mohegan Sun’s December announcement appears to be nothing more than a flaccid strategic response to MGM which doesn’t appear to be going away in its effort for legislative approval to build a casino destination in the city, whether this session that’s coming to a close, or a longer session next year.
Here’s what they said back in December:
“This is an exciting day as two of the strongest entertainment venues in the state join forces,” said Tom Cantone, Senior Vice President of Sports & Entertainment for Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE). “We have had an open relationship with Webster Bank Arena for years and this agreement is a further extension of the long-term partnership we look forward to having with them.”
Kevin Brown “Red Eagle,” Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe and MGE Management Board said that, “Today’s announcement is more than just a partnership with the Webster Bank Arena. It’s a demonstration of our commitment to bringing tourism to all of Connecticut, not just the southeastern corner. It is a commitment to Bridgeport, a city rich in history and culture, to help with the growth and rebirth of the Park City
“We are thrilled to have a true partnership with the premiere gaming and entertainment facility in Connecticut,” New York Islanders and Bridgeport Sound Tigers Owner Jon Ledecky said. “Mohegan Sun will help secure concerts that will appeal to the local community, as well as become a visible sponsor in our first-class arena. This multi-year agreement is just the beginning of a long-term marriage and is fantastic news for the supporters of the Webster Bank Arena and the City of Bridgeport.”
See full news release here.
Yup, a cut and run announcement.