The MGM Grand name will be removed from a hotel at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, as MGM Resorts ends its licensing agreement with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

The 825-room hotel opened in 2008 as an expansion of the Foxwoods resort. The hotel also has extensive meeting space, a casino, restaurants, a spa and a theater.

Foxwoods said it wouldn’t pursue a similar licensing agreement to replace MGM Resorts.

MGM said it will focus its East Coast branding efforts on a proposed $800 million project in Springfield, Mass.

Massachusetts in late 2011 signed a bill allowing for three gaming licenses for casino resorts: one each in western Massachusetts, southeastern Massachusetts and the Boston area. MGM Resorts is competing with Mohegan Sun for the western Massachusetts license.

JDS Travel News JDS Viewpoints JDS Africa/MI