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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