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May 21, 2008

MASHANTUCET, CT - The famous lion logo witnessed the gala grand opening of the new $700-million MGM at Foxwoods this past weekend. The new venue celebrated with 4,000 invited guests Friday night and Saturday night and opened to the public at midnight Saturday night.

The invited guests included Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jenny McCarthy, Kim Kardashian, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Jamie-Lynn Sigler. They were entertained with performances by Alicia Keys, Josh Groban and John Mayer in the new MGM Grand Theater, which will feature Gloria Estefan, Jerry Seinfeld and Celine Dion later this summer.

"When two entities like Foxwoods and MGM come together, amazing things can happen," said Mashantucket Tribal Council Chairman Kenneth Reels.

"We are thrilled to introduce a new level of luxury and sophistication to visitors and residents of Connecticut alike with the opening of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods," said Gillian Murphy, Sr. VP and GM. "The services and amenities are on par with MGM standards and the dining, gaming and nightlife scenes will catapult the property to incredible new heights in the worlds of hospitality and entertainment."

825 guest rooms and suites
115,000 square feet of meeting and convention space
21,000-square-foot G Spa
4,000-seat MGM Grand Theater
Stores including Bally, Dunhill, Grand Effects and MacAppeal (Apple reseller)

1,400 slot machines
53 table games: blackjack, roulette, craps, Spanish 21 and 3-Card Poker
Located just off the main lobby
Two high stakes gaming areas
Center Bar

Alta Strada by Chef Michael Schlow is a 225-seat Italian restaurant
Craftsteak by chef Tom Colicchio is a 150-seat restaurant
Junior's Restaurant - casual dining
The Market Place at MGM Grand
Gelato Café - 20 flavors of Italian ice creams
Shrine - Asian kitchen, lounge and nightclub

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