Western Massachusetts is one step closer to opening its first casino resort: MGM Springfield in Springfield, MA, celebrated its topping off yesterday with a special ceremony during which the final curved steel beam was placed atop the structure, MGM Resorts International announced.
"Our talented construction team has worked very hard to get to this point," said MGM Springfield president Michael Mathis. "This is a moment to celebrate how much we have accomplished together with our construction manager, AECOM Tishman; our subcontractors; and our friends in labor. It is also time to reaffirm we are ready to push forward with the hard work still ahead to bring this project to fruition."
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarded the state's first casino license to MGM in 2014, three years after the Bay State legalized casino gambling. The company was one of three companies vying for the chance to build a casino in Western Massachusetts, along with Mohegan Sun and Hard Rock International. All three companies pitched plans to voters, with MGM prevailing.
Scheduled to open in fall 2018, MGM Springfield spans three downtown city blocks. It includes a 250-room boutique hotel with a spa, pool, and roof deck; 125,000 square feet of gaming space; approximately 55,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space; a multi-level parking garage; and approximately 44,000 square feet of meeting space. The property also will boast a luxury movie theater, a bowling alley, a seasonal skating rink, and an outdoor market featuring local artisans and events.
"Every day this site becomes more of a reality for the city. The footprint and future of our downtown is transforming, and our citizens are feeling the excitement," said Springfield mayor Domenic J. Sarno. "Today is a great day and we will build on this momentum with a cooperative spirit so MGM Springfield can open its doors in September 2018 and let the world know Springfield is open for business."
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