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Mohegan Sun Arena

Uncasville, CT

Home of the Connecticut Sun

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Mohegan Sun Arena (map it)
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd
Uncasville, CT 06382


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Mohegan Sun Arena website

Year Opened: 2001

Capacity: 9,518

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Fun in the Sun

There are a few areas in the United States that can genuinely be considered a women’s basketball hotbed. One such area would be the state of Connecticut. Buoyed by the ultra-successful UConn program, the state follows the sport with a passion not seen in many other areas.

The WNBA took advantage of this basketball fever by moving the former Orlando Miracle to the Nutmeg State ‎in 2003. At the time, the Sun was the only WNBA team not sharing a market with an NBA partner.

The team’s nickname comes from its affiliation with the Mohegan Sun Casino, and the team’s logo is an interpretation of an ancient Mohegan tribal symbol. The Mohegan Tribe was the first Native American tribe to own a professional sports franchise.

The Sun have qualified for the WNBA playoffs in 8 of their 13 seasons, winning four division titles and making the league finals on two occasions (2003 and 2004). They have yet to win the WNBA championship.

The Sun made some headlines this past offseason (2015) when they hired Curt Miller as their fifth head coach. Miller is gay, and became the first publicly out man to coach a professional sports team.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

The Mohegan Sun Arena offers an impressive variety of concession options for the hungry basketball fan. However, with the Sun failing to fill the building to capacity over the past few seasons, the arena does not open all the concession stands for their games. While this may necessitate a little bit of searching to find your desired item, it does not affect the food available.

All your standard sporting fare can be found here, such as quarter pound hot dogs, sausage, or meatball grinders ("grinders" are what we call "subs" here in New England). Fans looking for some local flavor can find slices of Connecticut favorite Frank Pepe's pizza. Other stands sell assorted deli sandwiches. Italian grinders, chicken salad wraps, or chicken caesar wraps, as well as nachos loaded with chili, queso, jalapenos, and sour cream. The quality is good, and prices are in line with other arenas in the area.

Fans looking to satisfy a sweet tooth will find plenty of snack foods to do the trick. Concession stands at Mohegan Sun Arena offer items including potato chips, Pepperidge Farms snacks and cookies, pretzels, popcorn, and assorted ice cream novelties. There are even homemade treats available at select stands. Fans looking for a healthier snack will be pleased to find fruit cups offered at some concession stands.

Thirsty basketball fans won't be disappointed either. A nice variety of adult beverages are sold at Sun games, with Sam Adams, Shock Top, Blue Moon, Smirnoff Ice, Heineken, Bud, Coors, and brews from local brewery Goose Island available. Glasses of Barefoot Wines, as well as mixed drinks, are also sold here. Fans looking for a non-alcoholic beverage can choose from a variety of Coca-Cola products (both fountain and bottled).

The Sun offer discounts on selected items at every game, so you may want to do a little shopping around before making a decision. Past specials have included 16 ounce sodas for one dollar, and ¼ pound hot dogs for two dollars.

While the concessions at Mohegan Sun Arena are excellent, with several great restaurants literally steps from the entrance to the arena, many fans will choose to eat outside the arena before or after the game.

Atmosphere    4

With the WNBA's long association with the NBA, one may expect all the glitz that goes along with a game in that circuit. While the game day atmosphere at a Sun game is more subdued than at, say, a Boston Celtics game, it's still a highly entertaining place at which to take in a game.

All the standard extracurricular features can be found at Mohegan Sun Arena, such as the requisite psych-up video before player introductions, a dance squad (which surprisingly features no men), t-shirt tosses, an interactive mascot and contests featuring children from the crowd. There is an MC who tries his best to keep the crowd involved, with mixed results.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of the game day presentation for first time visitors is the playing of music throughout the game. Although it takes some getting used to, after a while this does not seem to intrude upon one's enjoyment of the game.

Neighborhood    5

Eastern Connecticut is an area full of small towns and wooded countryside removed from the urban areas of southern New England. Still, Mohegan Sun Casino is centrally located within the region, and is located roughly an hour from Providence, Worcester, Hartford, and New Haven. Neighboring Foxwoods Casino is just over 10 miles to the east.

Mohegan Sun is one of the largest casinos in the United States, with over 364,000 square feet of gaming space. For fans who come to Sun games and do not want to gamble, the casino also contains theaters, night clubs, 44 different restaurants with enough variety to satisfy any appetite, and 130,000 square feet of retail space, all located just steps from the arena's front entrance. While the casino may not be your traditional neighborhood, the number and variety of entertainment choices available before or after a Sun game are impressive.

Fans    3

In 2015 the Sun had their least successful season in terms of attendance, averaging just over 5,500 fans per game. This ranked them 10th in the 12 team circuit.

Overall, the crowd at a Sun game is much older than you might expect. The arena's location in the middle of a casino might explain the lack of families and youth basketball players in attendance. That's a shame, because the Sun do put on a very family friendly event.

Access    5

Mohegan Sun Casino is located just off of Interstate 395, which runs north-south through eastern Connecticut. Interstate 95, which runs east-west parallel to the Connecticut shoreline, is a few short miles away. Route 2A (Exit 9) off of I-395 will be deposit fans right at the casino.

There are several free parking garages surrounding the casino, none of which are more than a 15 minute walk to the arena entrance. If you can resist the bells and lights of the casino floor, you will be at the game in no time.

Once inside the arena, fans will enter into a clean, attractive concourse that is more than large enough to handle a typical Sun crowd. Not all concession stands are opened for Sun games, but lines are not long and move quickly. Likewise, restrooms are new, clean, and more than sufficient to handle a typical Sun crowd.

The seating area is octagonal and separated into upper and lower levels. The arena is designed to accommodate several different types of events, but for basketball, the view from all seats are excellent.

Return on Investment    4

Tickets range in price from $56 for courtside seats to $14 for end zone seats in the upper deck. A great seat in the lower deck at center court will run you $36, with the majority of seats at Mohegan Sun Arena costing between $26 and $36.

Waiting to purchase your tickets on game day will cost you an extra two dollars, but this is a much better alternative than purchasing tickets through Ticketmaster, which will add an astounding $12 in fees to your purchase.

The Sun offer a variety of Daily Deals, including a Family 4-Pack, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four popcorns and four sodas for $60. The Dads and Daughters Pack includes two tickets, two hot dogs, two ice creams and two sodas for $30.

With free parking available throughout the casino and reasonable concessions, taking in a game at the Mohegan Sun Arena is more affordable than you might think.

Extras    3

Extra points are awarded for the overall visual appeal of the arena. The Mohegan Sun Casino's overall decorative theme reflects the Native American roots of the tribe, and this theme is carried into the arena. Just outside the entrance to the arena, visitors will find an indoor waterfall, as well as several mechanical wolves atop faux stone towers. These wolves will sit back, wag their tails, and howl from time to time.

The Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame is located at the Mohegan Sun Arena, with plaques commemorating local boxers lining a wall on the concourse. You may be surprised at some of the names produced by the small state of Connecticut.

Just outside the arena is a Walk of Fame which honors some of the bigger acts to have played at the arena. Also, just steps from the arena entrance is the Wolf Den, where up-and-coming artists, as well as some well-known names, play free concerts. Acts as diverse as Herman's Hermits, Maxi Priest, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Los Lonely Boys and Buck Cherry have played free shows in this intimate, 300-seat setting.

Final Thoughts

While a casino may not be the first place that springs to mind when thinking of where to bring the family for an evening of sporting fun, the Mohegan Sun Arena is an excellent venue. If bringing the kids, the Sun put on a very family friendly event. If some adult entertainment is what you are looking for, the options located just steps from the arena's front door are numerous and outstanding.

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Soaking In The Sun

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

A visit to Mohegan Sun Arena and the Connecticut Sun is quite unique for two reasons: the arena is inside a casino and the team plays in the smallest market to host a major professional team in the country. The popularity of the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team made the state a desirable place for a WNBA franchise, and in 2003, the Orlando Miracle moved to Connecticut. Instead of playing in Hartford, the team went to the southeast corner of the state, in the small village of Uncasville along the Thames River. It is here that the Mohegan Tribe opened a massive casino a few years after becoming federally recognized in the mid 1990s. An arena was built inside Mohegan Sun in 2001, and the casino brought in a WNBA team a few years later. After a couple of early appearances in the WNBA Finals, the Sun are still looking for their first title. Thanks to a terrific location, great fans and a beautiful facility, the Mohegan Sun Arena is certainly worth a trip.

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Local Food & Drink

Michael Jordan's Steakhouse  (map it!)

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd

Uncasville, CT 06382

(860) 862-8600

http://mohegansun.com/poi/dining/michael-jordan-s-steak-house.html

Ballo Italian Restaurant  (map it!)

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd

Uncasville, CT 06382

(860) 862-1100

http://mohegansun.com/poi/dining/ballo-italian-restaurant-and-social-club.html

Geno's Pub  (map it!)

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd

Uncasville, CT 06382

(860) 862-3918

http://mohegansun.com/poi/dining/geno-s-pub.html

Bow and Arrow Sports Bar  (map it!)

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd

Uncasville, CT 06382

(888) 226-7711

http://mohegansun.com/poi/dining/bow-and-arrow-sports-bar.html

Local Entertainment

The Cabaret Theater  (map it!)

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd

Uncasville, CT 06382

http://mohegansun.com/poi/venues/the-cabaret-theatre.html

Wolf Den  (map it!)

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd

Uncasville, CT 06382

http://mohegansun.com/poi/venues/wolf-den.html

Lodging

Mohegan Sun Hotel  (map it!)

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd

Uncasville, CT 06382

(888) 226-7711

http://mohegansun.com/hotel-spa-and-golf.html

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