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Irene Couldn’t Shut Down Foxwoods Casino

30 August 2011 by admin

connecticut-location-mapSince its opening in 1992, Foxwoods Casino has never closed. The rumor is that it was originally planned to close at 2:00 a.m., but on its opening day it was so crowded with gamblers who didn’t want to leave that management decided to make it a 24-hour casino. While that may not be true, it is a fact that the casino has never been shut down by weather, renovation, lack of business or any other problem. That includes Hurricane Irene.

When Irene, then a tropical storm, came through the U.S. northeast, there were mandatory evacuations of parts of New York and New Jersey. All eleven Atlantic City casinos closed for only the third time in history. However, the popular Connecticut tribal casino remained open. Even the storm couldn’t force Foxwoods Casino to breaks its streak.

Business and residents all around Foxwoods lost power in the storm, but Foxwoods used backup generators to keep the electricity running. Some parts of the casino, such as some restaurants, were closed, but a skeleton crew of employees served customers as they continued to play slots and table games during the storm. Unfortunately, the Liquid Sundays outdoor pool party was canceled, so I guess even Foxwoods couldn’t find a way to keep that open.

On Monday, the additional power sources went online and Foxwoods was able to resume normal operations. With fewer customers, they lost money over the weekend, but not as much as the casinos that had to close due to the storm. Even with a small customer base of those who didn’t evacuate and a skeleton crew of employees, Foxwoods says that they continued to offer “5-star service to the guests that were here.”

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