MGM Resorts is set to open a nearly $1 billion casino in Springfield, Massachusetts on August 24th according to the company’s latest press release. This state-of-the-art casino is expected to be the first Vegas-style casino in the state and will feature a massive 125,000 sq ft gaming floor, over 120 gaming tables, 2,550 slot machines, high-limit VIP area, and a poker room.
Last week, it was reported that the first of many signs were installed up on the building along Main Street. The first sign displayed the tag ‘hotel’ complete with the MGM Lion Logo at the bottom. The second sign was later installed on the pavilion of the hotel at the corner of the Howard and Main Streets. Unlike the first sign, this has the MGM brand name along with Springfield, signaling that the upcoming opening of Massachusetts’ deluxe hotel and casino is closer than ever.
Controversy and Agreement Leading to Casino Opening
After a large controversy due to competition and gaming license with neighboring casino operators such as Wynn Resorts, Massachusetts first casino poker room doors are set to open to the public on August 24th, an official statement read. They broke ground on the project in March 2015, but the project was delayed slightly due to changes in design. Construction was restarted in early 2016, and over two years down the line, the $960 million project is almost complete.
According to Alex Dixon, the general manager of MGM Springfield, the casino is looking to provide more than 3,000 job opportunities to state residents.
“MGM Springfield is pursuing our best effort to ensure that 35% of those hired are Springfield residents,” Dixon was quoted saying at the conference held earlier this year at the College of the Holy Cross.
Gaming Commission Welcomes New Opportunities
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission welcomed this $960 million project claiming on Twitter that MGM’s move to boost poker room in the state will accommodate an emergent gaming trend for a more communal and interactive experience, especially for the millennials.
The commission met with MGM on April 26 to check the state of the gaming floor. The MGM staff demonstrated how the floor and its corridors had been designed to allow easy accessibility and security into and through the gaming complex. This meeting squashed any concerns from some commissioners that the corridors would allow minors to access the complex.
MGM Resorts International is an American global entertainment and hospitality company renowned for operating top-of-the-line resorts in Las Vegas, Detroit, New Jersey, Maryland, Mississippi, and soon Springfield, Massachusetts. Some of their popular resorts include The Mirage, Mandalay, MGM Grand, and Bellagio.
MGM Resorts Expansion to Other States
The gaming giants are also rumored to be interested in purchasing Encore Boston Harbor, a casino thought to hold a price tag of more than $2.4 billion. They are also looking to spend in excess of $675 million to bring a casino and entertainment complex to Bridgeport in Connecticut, although the bid is surrounded by controversies.