Airport authority looks for alternate casino site proposal

Slot MachineThe Connecticut Airport Authority says its new transportation center at Bradley International Airport will not include a proposed tribal casino, according to an Associated Press report.

Kevin Dillon, the authority’s executive director, said Wednesday that it’s become clear that the timeline of any potential development of the casino would not be compatible with the $225 million transportation center’s construction schedule.

But the authority says it wants to discuss other potential casino sites on the airport property.

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations hope to open a jointly owned satellite casino in north central Connecticut to compete with MGM Resorts International’s planned casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.

A possible complicating factor in any site decision is MGM’s decision to contest the legislative action in Connecticut that appears to limit competition for the third casino to the two tribes.

The tribes say they’re pleased the authority wants to continue what they call a critically important conversation by suggesting other locations on the property.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: 

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