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ANDREW M. SEDER aseder@timesleader.com

Work continues on the $50 million Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs hotel/convention center with an opening date now set on or before Nov. 30.
Work continues on the $50 million Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs hotel/convention center with an opening date now set on or before Nov. 30.
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PLAINS TWP. — Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs started taking reservations Monday for its seven-story, 238-room hotel. The opening day is set for Nov. 30, though that could be moved up if construction progress warrants it.

Mike Bean, president and general manager of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, said the Nov. 30 date is one all parties involved feel 100 percent confident that the property will be ready to greet guests.

The $50 million hotel off state Route 315 includes 126 king and 92 double queen standard guest rooms as well as 20 suites. The hotel features some rooms with views of the Pocono Downs Race Track, as well as a fitness center, in-room iPad directories, free Wi-Fi, room service, indoor heated swimming pool, full-service Spa Sapphire, a bistro serving breakfast and light fare, and more.

The hotel is a part of Project Sunlight, an expansion project that also includes an adjacent 20,000-square-foot convention center that will cater to business travelers for any number of special events, meetings, concerts and more. The center will be able to accommodate groups up to 800 for seated banquets and can be converted into a concert venue, holding up 1,500 seats.

The casino filled 250 positions for the hotel/convention center, mostly through a May job fair held on the premises. Between the casino, racetrack, hotel and convention center, the entire property will employ close to 2,000 people, making it the largest entertainment venue employer in the region. Bean said there are an additional 250 people working for tenants at the casino such as Bar Louie, Ruth’s Chris and The Grove Media.

“We’re really excited to be able to invite our guests, who have long made Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs their day trip destination, to enjoy the property in a whole new light,” Bean said. “The addition of the new hotel positions Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs to become the region’s premier overnight destination.”

Bean said the ability for guests to stay overnight will enable the casino to draw from a further geographic region and to be able to attract its share of the multimillion-dollar convention business. He said a marketing plan is being finalized and will kick off soon.

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