BRIDGEPORT – Mohegan Sun announced Wednesday a partnership with the Webster Bank Arena that involves concerts, sporting events and sponsorships effective immediately.
“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.”
Brown added that, “While we may be expanding our footprint across the country and internationally, our headquarters are and will always remain here. Connecticut is our home.”
“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.”
The Mohegan Sun partnership and plans for an outdoor concert amphitheater is expected to make Bridgeport one of the top concert venues in Connecticut.
In November, the city council approved a contract to build the amphitheater in the nearby former ballpark used by the Bridgeport Bluefish for the past 20 years.
The contract with Harbor Yard Amphitheater run by area developer Howard Saffan was approved in November. It’s expected to open in 2019.
Saffan proposal was blessed by concert promoting giant Live Nation Entertainment. They, according to the city, have “a strategic, contractual relationship … to present 20 (to) 30 concert events in Bridgeport.”