MGM has announced that it’s $960 million Springfield casino will be opening ahead of schedule.
The big opening day: August 24.
Construction continues to move right along. You can see the progress almost on a daily basis.
That means all systems are go for the August launch.
MGM had been saying all along they were ahead of schedule.
They talked about an opening in the fall of 2018, but even that ambitious schedule has been moved forward.
MGM Springfield General Manager Alex Dixon told Western Mass News why.
"The weather Gods worked well for us. The construction team has done a phenomenal job and operationally, we are getting businesses in order, so we can open earlier than the September we quoted. We’re excited to welcome the show to Springfield," Dixon said.
Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy told Western Mass News that the August 24 opening is good because it comes before the Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement, downtown jazz festival, and the opening of The Big E in September.
"So moving back to August 24 not only gets the casino going sooner and money flowing, it also is a question of time, lot of planning, a lot of people showing up in downtown Springfield," Kennedy said.
In downtown Springfield, people are excited.
"I can’t wait for it to open. I think it will bring a lot to downtown. There will be more to do restaurants for lunch, I’m happy," said Kathleen Griffin of East Longmeadow.
Meanwhile, as MGM announces its August 24 opening date for the Springfield casino, there had been rumblings of a possible MGM interest in the Wynn resorts casino in eastern Massachusetts following allegations of sexual misconduct against embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn.
Mass. Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby told Western Mass News that MGM is committed to Springfield.
"They have made it quite clear they’re committed to Springfield and committed to this project and we have no reason to think otherwise," Crosby said.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno added in a statement, “MGM Resorts International President Bill Hornbuckle was in to see me yesterday to once again reassure me of their continued commitment to a first class resort in Springfield.”
The news of the early opening comes as the Mass. Gaming Commission met in Springfield to dot the I’s and cross the T’s of their sign-off process to clear the way for the opening of the casino.
There’s still a lot of work to get done including the hiring of 3,000 employees.
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