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FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO SELECTS FRIEDMUTTER GROUP FOR BILOXI POINTE BUILDOUT
07.27.2016

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FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO SELECTS FRIEDMUTTER GROUP FOR BILOXI POINTE BUILDOUT

World Renowned Architectural Firm Led by Brad Friedmutter Selected to Construct

Foxwoods Resort Casino at Biloxi Pointe

 

MASHANTUCKET, CT (July 27, 2016) – Foxwoods® Resort Casino today announced it has partnered with prominent architectural firm Friedmutter Group to design and engineer the new Foxwoods Resort Casino at Biloxi Pointe in Mississippi.

 

Friedmutter Group has been exclusively immersed in the gaming and hospitality industry since 1992, providing award-winning design services for regional casino properties and Tribal Enterprises across the United States and China. Led by world-acclaimed architect Brad Friedmutter, the firm develops authentic designs that reflect the history of the surrounding communities in which their casinos are built – a significant style strategy important to Foxwoods’ deeply-rooted regional ties. His team is comprised of the brightest designers in the industry, many of which have been recognized around the world for their innovative aesthetics.

 

“On behalf of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Foxwoods Resort Casino, we couldn’t be more thrilled to work with our new partner, Gulf Coast businessman Chris Ferrara and his team, in developing and building the brand new Foxwoods Resort Casino at Biloxi Pointe in the vibrant and growing Biloxi, Mississippi market,” said Felix Rappaport, Chief Executive Officer of Foxwoods. “We are particularly enthused to be working with Friedmutter Group of Las Vegas as the architect of record for the project. Not only has Brad Friedmutter and his team worked for the Tribe and Foxwoods on many past projects during our nearly 25-year history in the casino gaming industry, but Friedmutter Group has delivered preeminent design solutions to clients around the world. Brad’s involvement will ensure that the Foxwoods brand is fully integrated into the facility design, creating an authentic and compelling hospitality experience that captures the essence and ethos of the Gulf Coast.”

Friedmutter Group has worked on several notable casino projects in the Biloxi area including Island View Casino Resort, IP Casino Resort and Spa and The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas and Studio City Macau in China.

 

“We look forward to partnering once again with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Foxwoods Resort Casino as they expand their brand into the Biloxi, Mississippi market,” added Brad Friedmutter, architect and founder of Friedmutter Group.  “The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe is rich with indigenous culture, and Foxwoods Resort Casino Biloxi Pointe will reflect that among many of the elements that make it a premier resort destination.”

“I am very excited to continue the planning process for the Foxwoods Resort Casino at Biloxi Pointe with the addition of Friedmutter Group to our development team. Friedmutter joins Foxwoods and The Hartmann Group as my partners and participants on the project. I look forward to creating a dynamic, regional casino destination that the honors the historic City of Biloxi,” said Chris Ferrara, Managing Director of Biloxi Boardwalk Ventures, LLC.

The new Foxwoods Resort Casino at Biloxi Pointe will be a $265 million premier, service-centric destination resort and casino located on a 23-acre site in the Back Bay area of Biloxi Mississippi.  Easily accessible from the metropolitan regions of New Orleans, Birmingham, and Atlanta, the casino resort will deliver an unparalleled gaming, leisure and meetings experience to the 9 million people living within the 300-mile radius market spanning Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Detailed programming and design plans are currently in development, with a grand opening tentatively planned for spring 2019.  For more information and project development images, visit http://biloxipointecasino.com.

About Foxwoods Resort Casino

 

Foxwoods Resort Casino is the premier resort destination in the Northeast.  As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods offers a vast array of gaming in seven casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants from gourmet to quick service, world-renowned spas, award-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters, and exclusive retailers. Perfect for both recreation and business, Foxwoods provides modern and versatile convention and meeting space to infuse new life into any meeting or event.  Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. For a comprehensive look at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation visit Foxwoods.com.

 

About the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

 

The Mashantucket Pequots are a native Algonquin people, located in southeastern Connecticut, who endured centuries of conflict, survival, and continuity on and around one of North America’s oldest Indian reservations (Est. 1666).  In 1637, the Pequots became the first native people to survive a genocidal massacre at the hands of European colonists, in what would become the continental United States.  Pequot history is an unprecedented story of redemption and restoration, which today, is showcased at the Tribe’s world-class Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center (www.pequotmuseum.org). Today, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation owns and operates one of the largest and most successful resort casinos in North America—Foxwoods Resort Casino (www.foxwoods.com)—along with a variety of other enterprises, including the Lake of Isles Golf Course (www.lakeofisles.com); Pequot Pharmaceutical Network (www.prxn.com), and the Spa at Norwich Inn (www.thespaatnorwichinn.com). Altogether, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation remains one of the State of Connecticut’s highest tax payers and largest employers, and has contributed more than $3 billion to Connecticut through a first-of-its-kind, tribal gaming revenue-sharing agreement, enacted in 1993. Likewise, the Tribe provides generous contributions to nonprofit organizations that support its local communities.  For more information, visit www.mashantucket.com.

 

About Friedmutter Group

 

Friedmutter Group is an award winning, internationally recognized Architecture, Master Planning and Interior Design firm specializing 100% in multi-use Hospitality/Casino/Entertainment projects of all sizes. The Firm was founded in 1992 by Brad Friedmutter for the unique purpose of exclusively providing professional services to the Gaming/Hospitality Industry. Friedmutter Group provides critical and comprehensive understanding of the many required elements of the gaming industry, from site selection and development to operating fundamentals, while successfully creating unique designs in existing and new markets.   The Firm provides intuitive, thoughtful solutions that manage access and easy circulation of large numbers of people into, through and out of venues, while providing highest quality design, best efficiencies and adjacencies of space, and maximum profitability opportunities during all phases of development, construction and operations.  The Firm’s more than 34 Million Square Feet of completed projects span across the United States and around the world and include more than 5.3 million square feet of casinos, nearly 23,000 hotel rooms, over 600 restaurants, bars & lounges, & more than 1.5 million square feet of ballroom, convention & meeting space. More information may be found at www.fglv.com.

About Biloxi Boardwalk Ventures, LLC

The $265 million resort casino is being developed by the Biloxi Boardwalk Ventures, LLC, headed by prominent gulf coast businessman Chris Ferrara (the “Sponsor”). Mr. Ferrara is a highly successful businessman and investor and one of the largest land owners in the City of Biloxi, including this 23 acre site located on the eastern point of Biloxi Bay.  This waterfront property, currently houses an 185,000 +/- square foot warehouse with high ceilings and large bays making it easily re-developed into this unique entertainment and gaming destination. This facility is one of the few buildings in Biloxi to survive Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, the location is zoned for gaming and entertainment and the new four-lane boulevard connecting I110 and Highway 90 will make this spot easily accessible and visible to anyone traveling to Biloxi. Furthermore, this site is located next to the Biloxi Boardwalk Marina, one of the largest marinas on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; along with The Biloxi Lugger, a prominent seafood restaurant with a million dollar dockside view of the Biloxi Bay.

About The Hartmann Group, LLC

 

Jeff Hartmann is a well-known and successful casino executive whose career spans 31 years.  He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia in 1984, managing casino audits for the firm in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.  Jeff transitioned out of public accounting into the casino industry in 1991, and he was selected to join Foxwoods Resort Casino as part of the startup management team that opened Foxwoods in February 1992.  Over the years, Jeff was intimately involved in all financial aspects of the development and growth at the property.  During his five-year tenure, Foxwoods was the most profitable casino in North America.  Since that time Jeff served as CFO and CEO for various gaming properties throughout the United States, responsible for overseeing corporate financial accountability, diversifying investments, and elevating resort service and development to achieve the highly coveted AAA Four-Diamond status.  Most recently, Jeff served as the interim CEO of Revel Entertainment, LLC in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  After the troubled opening of the $2.4-billion-dollar resort, he led the company through a pre-packaged bankruptcy and a $40-million-dollar cost reduction.  www.thehartmanngroup.net.

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