MASHANTUCKET, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Foxwoods Resort Casino and The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) have announced a partnership that includes naming rights to three major graded stakes races and cross-promotional marketing activities.
North America’s largest resort casino is now the official sponsor of a triumvirate of prestigious races, comprising the Grade 1 Foxwoods Just a Game on Belmont Stakes Day, the Grade 1 Foxwoods King's Bishop on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course, and the Grade 2 Foxwoods Gallant Bloom during Belmont Park's fall championship meet.
“Foxwoods is thrilled to partner with the prestigious New York Racing Association," said Michael Holder, Vice President of Bingo, Keno and Race Book Operations for Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods. "NYRA has long had a passionate and loyal fan base and we’re excited to be aligned with such a legendary organization. This agreement provides us with a great way to further extend our brand in the New York marketplace in a compelling way and we're looking forward to working together with NYRA on a number of innovative initiatives and events."
In addition to the three aforementioned races, Foxwoods and NYRA will launch multiple joint promotions and contests, including handicapping contests, poker events, and seasonal getaway packages at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods.
Foxwoods Race Book is the ultimate stop for racing and gaming enthusiasts, offering tableside beverage service and a full service bar. 199 IPT’s are also available, allowing customers to conveniently place bets at their seats. The Foxwoods Race Book also offers self-service betting machines and kiosks, providing racing changes, odds and results. Recently, the Race Book announced the addition of Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga meets to their simulcast menu. Dream Card members simply present the card to any teller to earn reward points.
Foxwoods Resort Casino has recently unveiled a slew of unique and high-profile sports partnerships and sponsorships, including: a premier partnership with the WNBA’s New York Liberty, which allows Foxwoods to further penetrate the coveted NYC media market and marks the first time a resort casino has ever received branding on the front of a professional sports team’s jersey; title sponsorship of the hugely popular Beckett Bowl, an annual charity tournament pioneered by Boston Red Sox pitcher, Josh Beckett; a deal which named Foxwoods the “official resort casino of the New Jersey Nets,” giving North America’s largest resort casino fixed affinity and signage on Atlantic City’s home turf; and other miscellaneous initiatives with recognizable sports franchises, including the Boston Breakers, Boston Red Sox and the New York Rangers.
About Foxwoods and MGM Grand at Foxwoods
North America’s largest casino, Foxwoods Resort Casino® is located at the Mashantucket Pequot Indian reservation in the midst of the rolling hills of southeastern Connecticut, easily accessible from Boston, New York, Hartford, and Providence. Owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, Foxwoods has something for everyone as the East Coast’s premier entertainment destination. Four award-winning hotels offer accommodations to suit every budget, along with luxury butler-serviced villas, extensive retail offerings, and more than 30 dining establishments featuring everything from world-class gourmet cuisine to casual fare. Six casinos offer non-stop gaming excitement with more than 6,600 slots and 360 table games; 97 poker tables in the only WPT World Poker Room™ on the East Coast; a High Stakes Bingo hall; and Ultimate Race Book. The renowned Norwich Spa at Foxwoods and the tranquil oasis of G-Spa provide the perfect escape to recharge the mind, body, and soul. Meetings and convention goers will find more than 115,000 square feet of meeting space, including the largest column-free ballroom in the northeast, MGM’s 50,000 square foot Premiere Ballroom. Two acoustically-perfected theaters offer weekly entertainment for all ages. The original state-of-the-art Fox Theater, seating 1,400, was opened in 1993 by the legendary Frank Sinatra. The majestic 4,000-seat MGM Grand Theater hosts an impressive variety of weekly headline entertainment. Conveniently located adjacent to Foxwoods is Lake of Isles™, featuring two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Rees Jones and a state-of-the-art Golf Academy. Foxwoods supports responsible gaming, and plays a leadership role in the Connecticut Council of Problem Gambling, of which it was a founding entity. For more information, call 800-FOXWOODS or visit www.foxwoods.com.
About the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
The Mashantucket Pequots are a native Algonquin people in southeastern Connecticut who endured centuries of conflict, survival, and continuity on and around one of America’s oldest Indian reservations, established in 1666. As the first native people within the borders of the continental United States to suffer attempted genocidal massacre by Puritan Colonists in 1637, the Pequots and their repatriation is an unprecedented story of restoration exhibited in detail at the Tribe’s world-class Museum and Research Center (www.pequotmuseum.org). Today the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation owns the largest resort casino in the world, Foxwoods Resort Casino (www.foxwoods.com), along with several other economic ventures, including the Lake of Isles Golf Course (www.lakeofisles.com); a joint-venture partnership establishing the MGM Grand at Foxwoods; and Foxwoods Development Company, dedicated to world-class resort development throughout the United States and Caribbean. All together, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation remains one of the State of Connecticut’s highest tax payers and largest employers. Likewise, the Tribe provides significant financial contributions to state and local nonprofit organizations that support neighboring communities.
Founded in 1955, and franchised to run thoroughbred racing at New York's three major tracks through 2033, NYRA boasts a lineage that actually stretches back almost 150 years. NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of the state's thoroughbred business which contributes more than $2 billion annually to New York State's urban, suburban and rural economy. In 2009, more than 1.6 million people attended the live races at NYRA tracks. Factoring nationwide off-track wagering, the average daily betting handle on NYRA races alone totals more than $9.3 million every race day. NYRA has a vast network of websites, including www.nyra.com. You can also follow NYRA on social media platforms Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.