The plan to bring a large $1 billion resort and casino to the hometown of the New England Patriots have been stopped. The Las Vegas casino developer and owner Steve Wynn and the team announced earlier this week, only two days after two opponents of the casino project were elected to the town board. This announcement that was made by the Kraft Group and Wynn Resorts came right after the Foxborough voters elected two of the selectmen that opposed any opening negotiations with Wynn. He had initially planned to build the casino and resort on some land that was leased by the owner of the Patriots football team, Robert Kraft that is located right across from the Gillette Stadium, which is the team’s home field.
Under one of the state’s laws that allowed legalized casino gambling within the state of Massachusetts, the developers must be able to first negotiate an agreement with the town or the city that they wish to build their casino in. It must be agreed upon by all of the parties and residents in the area. "With Monday's election, we believe the citizens of Foxborough have spoken," The Kraft Group said in a statement. "As we originally committed, we have heard them and respect their collective voice." The spokesman on the subject was reluctant to return the call, and did not immediately do so and did not want to comment on whether or not the means of the proposal might be brought up to the board again in some time.
The founder of the group, No Foxboro Casino in December, stated that the members of the grassroots organization are “just absolutely thrilled” by this no casino news that was released. "Yesterday's election was pretty telling and we were hopeful that this would happen, but none of us expected this to happen as quickly as it did," she said. This is something that thrilled them, but actually brought down a lot of people that were hoping for the new casino and resort, and the fact that the extra revenue for the city could mean new items and less recession, not to mention more jobs for those that found themselves unemployed due to the recession. This half of the supporters are hoping that the casino and resort plan will be brought back up and hopefully their side will be heard again by the members of the board, and they will be able to get even more followers to support the casino.