Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment has won the tender process for a new integrated casino resort at the former site of Hellinikon International Airport in Athens.
The decision was made unanimously by the Tender Committee of the Hellenic Gaming Commission (EEEP), who chose Mohegan's INSPIRE Athens bid over Hard Rock International’s own proposal, which would have featured six giant buildings that will tower up to 200 metres tall.
The Mohegan Integrated resort includes a luxury hotel, entertainment venues, a convention centre and shopping and dining sites, as well as a casino.
Mohegan gaming’s resort was designed by Steelman Partners and will be constructed by Greek company GEK TERNA.
“It is our hope that INSPIRE Athens would be the catalyst that sparks the entire development of the Hellinikon area into the coveted Athenian Riviera, forever redefining the modern identity of Greece,” Mario Kontomerkos, Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment’s chairman and chief executive said in an October statement when the integrated resort plan was unveiled.
The site of the former international airport has been vacant since 2001, with the tender process for a resort on the site facing frequent delays.