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Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs has grand opening

July 22, 2008

WILKES-BARRE - The Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs held its grand opening last week in its new $208 million, 300,000 square foot permanent casino. Bobby Soper, President and CEO of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, said "This spirit of cooperation is the guiding motivation behind the architectural design concept that celebrates Northeastern Pennsylvania, and pays tribute to the community and the Mohegan Tribe.

Outside a 75-foot tall torch stands atop the casino casting an electric flame representing a Mohegan smudge pot and torches used in regional coal mines. A smudge pot is used in ceremonies to burn herbs and fan smoke to cleanse or purify a person or place.

In the center of the main lobby is a 30-foot tall sculpture that pays homage to coal. "This sculpture," said Mr. Soper, "embraces the history, culture and community of the local area." The sculptor Gerhard Baut said, "It's very fitting that we've worked on a piece that embraces coal, since so many members of our family were either directly involved in that industry or whose lives were certainly touched by the mines. This may be the monument a lot of folks here wished they always had."

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