Tuesday, 20 March 2001
The biggest gaming venue in the world, Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, has taken delivery of a Midas Heritage 2000 in time to celebrate the casino’s 9th birthday. Having started life in 1992 as a 250,000sq.ft facility with a 46,000sq.ft casino, Foxwoods has now grown to nearly 20 times that size. The complex occupies an impressive 4.7m sq.ft and contains five main casinos under one roof with 320,000sq.ft of gaming space, 28 places to dine, shops, meeting rooms, nightclubs and spas. While Foxwoods houses six performance venues ranging in size from 100 to 4,500 seats, the premier venue, now home to a new Heritage 2000, is the Fox Theatre in the heart of the ‘Theatre District’. This 1,450-seat showroom opened on Nov. 17, 1993, with a concert series by Frank Sinatra. Since then, the Fox Theatre has hosted hundreds of other entertainers including Tony Bennett, Celine Dion and Joe Cocker.
Foxwoods’ audio supervisor, Dave Albro, explained his choice of a Heritage 2000 for the resort’s busiest venue. "I was looking to upgrade our 7-year old PM4000, and once I started shopping, it became clear after looking at several brands and models, that Midas was really the only choice. I ruled out digital consoles because I wanted a console that visiting engineers would be familiar with and happy to use. While there is nothing wrong with our existing board, whenever a road act brought in a Midas, we could all hear the improvement. After that it was just a question of which one. After researching the various options we decided on a 56-channel Heritage 2000 which we have just installed."