Officials of the Plainridge Park Casino in Massachusetts have found that when the Patriots are playing at home, business at the casino slows down at a dramatic rate. It could be due to the fact that the casino does not offer sports betting or that everyone is at home enjoying the game, but executives of the casino are trying to figure out a way to bring Patriot fans to the casino during games.
The facility is located only five miles from the Gillette Stadium, home of the Patriots. One would imagine players would come on down to the casino after a game but that is not the case. The revenue figures show that the facility was able to earn $18 million back in July and only $12.9 million in October. With the first month of operation, the slots-only facility made it seem like they would surpass the initial estimates for their first year in business. The facility should be able to generate around $176 million. This is around $20 million less than what was projected initially.
The casinos in the works by MGM in Springfield and Wynn Resorts in Everett may be in trouble as these facilities are larger and could be hit by the slowed down days during the NFL season. For now, operators are trying to come up with promotions or special incentives to bring players in when the NFL season is in full swing to avoid such downswings in revenues.