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The size of Everett’s casino events are under scrutiny – Boston News, Weather, Sports

The Mass Gaming Commission will meet Thursday morning to debate and vote on whether the development Wynn Resorts has proposed across from its resort casino in Everett would fall under the commission’s jurisdiction, but gaming regulators are also ready to meet the concerns of medium-sized companies. cinema operators have raised questions about current practices at Encore Boston Harbor.

In addition to voting on whether to include the sought-after entertainment, retail and restaurant development for parcels along Broadway in Everett in the casino’s official website”gambling establishment“, the commissioners are also expected to consider on Thursday “the permitted use of certain areas of the gaming establishment, such as the ballrooms, for the conduct of live entertainment,” the agenda for the meeting reads.

Wynn’s plan has already been scaled back in part to accommodate a restriction on the size of entertainment venues built into the state’s 2011 expanded gaming law. By law, casinos cannot build or operate entertainment venues that seat between 1,000 and 3,500 guests, so Wynn has adjusted its proposed entertainment venue from around 1,800 seats to 999 seats to be compliance.

But when the Gambling Commission held a public hearing last week to accept comments on the proposed development which would eventually include the entertainment venue, retail outlets, a brewery or brewery, hotels, restaurants and a parking lot, representatives from Medford and the Knight Theater there accused the Everett casino of previously breaking the law by hosting and planning events at its ballroom that can accommodate between 1,000 and 3,500 patrons. .

“The Encore has continually had concerts where seats have been sold out and seats have been placed in their ballroom that they built which has between 1,000 and 3,500 seats,” said Dan Rabinovitz, attorney for the city of Medford. “It is an outright violation of the law. It’s not a violation of the spirit of the law, it’s a violation of the law.

In a Still Boston Harbor sales kit, Wynn Resorts lists the square footage of its Picasso Ballroom at 36,642 square feet and a chart appears to show that the ballroom seats 3,408 people when set up as a theater, 2,688 people when set up as an indoor of class and 2,819 people for a reception. Restrictions on entertainment venues would not come into play for non-entertainment related events like business conferences or a large wedding reception.

Included in the package One of the documents the commissioners received ahead of their March 3 meeting was the Ticketmaster seating chart for a December 20, 2019 concert in Encore’s ballroom that showed more than 2,300 seats sold or available. The package also included a Ticketmaster seating plan that appears to offer over 1,500 seats and general admission for a fight night Encore plans to hold on March 17.

Rabinovitz said the Gambling Commission should either fine Encore for violating restrictions on the number of seats allowed in casino entertainment venues or “at least issue a very stern warning that they don’t no longer need to hold events in the ballroom between 1,000 and 3,500 seats.”

“I’ll tell you – I’m not saying this to be overly aggressive or to be a jerk or anything – but I’ll tell you if we find out they’re going to have these kinds of events again, l “One of the things that my clients are going to consider is having me file something in Superior Court to get an injunction on this,” he told the Gambling Commission. “I really don’t want to have to do this. But, if necessary, you know, it can happen.

The issue of March 17 fight night – officially Combat Area 75 – was briefly raised during the March 3 commission meeting. The meeting’s agenda called for a discussion and vote on “Encore Boston Harbor Scheduled Events,” but executive director Karen Wells pushed the issue to the back of the committee for the time being.

“Certainly the MGC has been monitoring this issue. I believe the commission has been aware of this problem for a long time. Nothing was ever presented before the commission and no determination was made that an event between 1,000 and 1,500 is necessarily a violation of the law, so I think that should be clear,” Wells noted.

Wells said she didn’t “want to put the commission in a position where they had to comment on something that isn’t even ripe, necessarily, for discussion” and said she was speaking to Encore officials. to find out “if this event on the 17th is even going to have customers and/or seats in this range that will even trigger this discussion.

Since Wednesday afternoon, the Ticketmaster list for Combat Zone 75 showed approximately 1,522 ticketed seats on the seating chart with approximately 60 of the seats still available for purchase at $149.50 or $199.50 per ticket.

The Everett development discussion is the only point of business on the Gambling Commission agenda for Thursday’s meeting at 10 a.m.

The agenda shows the discussion will likely include Joe Delaney, the commission’s community affairs chief; the commission’s top lawyer, Todd Grossman; Encore Senior Vice President and General Counsel Jacqui Krum; and Tony Starr, a Mintz Levin lawyer who represents the casino company and argued that the proposed development should not be considered part of the gambling establishment.

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