U.S. gaming firm chosen to run Niagara casino and entertainment centre

A U.S.-based gaming operator will be running Niagara’s casino, resort and upcoming entertainment centre for the next 20 years, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation announced Monday.

The OLG said Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, also known as MGE, was chosen “following a competitive procurement process” to run what is called the “Niagara Gaming Bundle” — Casino Niagara, Fallsview Casino Resort and the Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre, a 5,000 seat venue now under construction.

“By leveraging the success of the Niagara casinos and integrating with the wide mix of entertainment and tourist offerings in the area, MGE will help ensure the long-term competitiveness of the Niagara gaming market — particularly in relation to markets across the border,” said OLG President Stephen Rigby, in a written statement.

MGE has said the centre will bring in new jobs and boost the local economy.

“As the operators of one of the most successful arenas in the U.S. over the last 15 years, we are eager to put our experience to work and establish Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre as one of Canada’s top-ranked venues,” said Anthony Casdia, a senior vice-president at MGE.

Staff currently employed at the casino and resort cannot be let go for at least 12 months, and OLG said “unionized employees will transfer to the service provider under the terms and conditions of their current collective agreement.”

MLG, based in Connecticut, will take the reins next summer, in the 21-year agreement.

In July, the Niagara Falls Review reported that three bidders were seeking the casino contract, after the two Canadian firms dropped out.

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