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Foxwoods looking to construct new outdoor concert venue

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Preston town officials said the venue is slated to be located in the shadows of Foxwoods. (WFSB) Preston town officials said the venue is slated to be located in the shadows of Foxwoods. (WFSB)
PRESTON, CT (WFSB) -

The summer concert season is gearing up and if Foxwoods has its way, a new outdoor concert spot will host the next big show.

The casino is working on a venue that would compete with Hartford’s XFINITY Theater.

Preston town officials said the venue is slated to be located in the shadows of Foxwoods. The Mashantucket Tribe owns the land and some of the surrounding fields.

It’s some people’s dream, but for others it’s their worst nightmare. Some even compared it to Woodstock.

“It could happen here, you never know. You could have 25,000 show up or you could have 50,000,” said Ken Zachem, who sits on Preston’s Board of Finance.

No official proposal has been submitted by the Mashanutcket Casino, but town officials said the tribe is serious. Foxwoods is looking at kicking the vision off Sept. 17, with a music festival showcasing 15 to 20 artists.

On Monday, Eyewitness News learned that landscapers were ordered to start planting grass on the property, which is something they said hasn’t been done in seasons past.

The motivation for this venue could come from increased gaming competition in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, but town officials, who have the last say, are concerned about emergency response and noise.

“What they're proposing, the size of it, we don't have a police force, or major emergency crew,” Zachem said, adding that there are some cons, but he said he sees the upside.

“It's a double-edged sword for me, because on the personal side, it would be good for business, it would be good for the area,” said Zachem, who owns a package store on Route 2.

Other business owners agree.

“It would bring more business into the area, and I think it would be a lot of fun for everyone,” said Rena Door, of Rena’s Pizza.

Foxwoods did not have a comment on Monday, but because of the Sept. 17 day, town officials said they expect to see action taken very soon.

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