Wynn pushing hard for Foxborough Casino
With casinos in both Macau and Las Vegas, Wynn Resorts is already one of the leading casino gaming companies in the world. But that hasn’t stopped them from giving an all-out effort to build a casino in the tiny American town of Foxborough, Massachusetts.
With only 16,000 residents, Foxborough doesn’t exactly seem like the ideal location for a major casino entity like Wynn Resorts. However, the major draw to this location is Gillette Stadium, where the NFL’s New England Patriots play. Furthermore, the proposed Wynn casino would be built right across from Gillette Stadium, thus benefiting from hundreds of thousands of nearby American football fans. One more benefit to this casino is that Foxborugh is situated in both the Boston and Providence metropolitan areas.
Unfortunately for Wynn Resorts, their plans to build a casino in Foxborough have faced stiff opposition from the town itself. Many of the residents are hesitant to bring a major Wynn casino into their small community because of traffic congestion and potential crime. In addition to this, many of the residents don’t see where Foxborough will receive any real benefits from such a casino.
Others are able to see the benefits, which has divided the town to some degree. Some of the perks they point out include construction and casino jobs for Foxbourgh residents, an estimated $10 million in tax revenue and more tourism.
Resident Steven Miller talked about the division between the town by saying, “I think its sad to see the town like this. Anger is never a good way to start debate. We teach our kids not to bully and steal and look whats happening across the board.” He finished by adding, “My house recieved three phone calls, all three hours apart from the same number. When I picked up the third time, it was the casino survey – I just hung up the phone.”
Foxbourgh voters and the state of Massachusetts are expected to decide the potential casino’s fate within the next few months.