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Tribes Focusing On Tobacco Fields Over Bradley Airport For Third Casino Site

Tribes Focusing On Tobacco Fields Over Bradley Airport For Third Casino Site

Bradley International Airport — once among the top choices for expanded casino gambling in Connecticut — has been surpassed by a second site in Windsor Locks: a stretch of dormant tobacco fields along Route 20 near the airport.

The operators of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos have now sharpened their focus on a 70-acre tobacco farm owned by the Thrall family. They are seeking a site for a possible third casino to blunt the competitive threat of a $950 million casino and entertainment complex scheduled to open next year in Springfield.

A spokesman for the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes — which have formed a partnership, MMCT, for the casino expansion — said Bradley...

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