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MGM seeks to extend serving alcohol to gamers until 4 a.m.

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

MGM Springfield is looking to extend the hours that alcohol can be served to gamers.

A proposal to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has been submitted, but it might ruffle a few feathers.

The proposal was presented yesterday, but now, the state gaming commission is waiting on your input.

MGM Springfield will soon open its doors to the public, but some of the finer details are still being solidified, including how alcohol service will be implemented.

"All bars close at 2 a.m. in our facility and that is in line with what happens outside," said MGM Springfield general manager Alex Dixon.

However, it’s a different story for anyone actively playing on the casino floor.

MGM Springfield is asking that alcohol could be poured until four o’clock in the morning.

"We put forth to the gaming commission our process as to how we would responsibly do that, so this is available for public comment," Dixon added.

Changes in Commonwealth law would allow for an extension.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission told Western Mass News: “A recent legislative amendment provided the MGC with authority to consider a two-hour extension of alcohol service at licensed gaming facilities only on the gaming floor so long as the patron is actively gaming.”

Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh added, "Whatever decision is made, whether it’s 2 a.m. or 4 a.m., the police department will be there to protect public safety.  It’s not a battle we’re going to get involved in.  It’s not one we support, it’s not one we are opposed to, but we do have faith in MGM."

MGM Springfield holds firm that safety is top priority.

"Any discussion about alcohol, it’s important that we talk about safety provisions.  Whether it’s our K-9 units from the security perspective, surveillance, training for all of our employees, make sure that they’re aware and able to recognize alcohol abuse is of the utmost importance to us," Dixon explained.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the extended hours for the casino floor.

To submit your feedback to the Gaming Commission, you can do the following:

  • Email mgccomments@state.ma.us with "MGM Springfield Liquor License Application in the subject line

OR

  • Mail written comments to: Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA 02110 / Attn: Catherine Blue, General Counsel

All comments must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, June 4.

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