Wynn says he can’t find MA welcome mat
Looked at possible casino site near convention center
STEVE WYNN on Wednesday brought up his company’s ongoing struggles with the city of Boston during a conference call with financial analysts and revealed that when he was originally searching for a casino site in the area he inquired about purchasing land next to the convention center.
Wynn’s comments came at the end of a conference call with financial analysts after the release of the Las Vegas company’s second quarter financial results. The analyst questions focused entirely on the company’s operations in Macau and Las Vegas. As Wynn was about to end the call, he on his own began talking about the sometimes hostile reception the company has received in Massachusetts.
“Boston has been rather critical of us because we weren’t in Boston, but we are in Everett,” he said. “We once tried to go to Boston, near the convention center, when all this started.” He said the company was told the land next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center was not available, so the search for a casino site continued and ended up in Everett, on what he described as a “chemical dump.”
Wynn didn’t address the specifics of his company’s dispute with Boston, but instead expressed amazement at how plans to invest $1.7 billion replacing a former Monsanto chemical facility with a high-end hotel and casino are causing so much controversy. He briefly recounted the company’s search for a casino site in Massachusetts and the votes in support of the project in Everett and in support of casino gambling in general in a statewide referendum last year.“The tables seemed to be set. The welcome mat seemed to be out. We just haven’t found the welcome mat yet,” he said. “But I’m an eternal optimist. It’ll feel good when they stop hitting us.”
Wynn reported revenues of $1.04 billion for the three months ending June 30, compared to revenues of $1.41 billion in the same period last year. Revenue was off 35.8 percent in Macau and 3.2 percent in Las Vegas. The company’s net income was $56.5 million for the three-month period, compared to $203.9 million in the second quarter last year.