MGM Springfield is continuing to prepare to open its doors in August.
As workers move full steam ahead, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is still considering the request for extending the hours of alcohol service.
"I’m surprised how fast it’s coming up. You finally see the word ‘casino.’ It’s up there, so it’s going to be a reality soon," said Springfield resident Tracy Gartman.
As the casino construction continues, MGM executives are awaiting word from the gaming commission.
The casino submitted a proposal to extend the hours of alcohol service from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Just this week, the Springfield City Council recommended that the gaming commission approve extending the hours that liquor can be served on the gaming floor.
"I don’t have a problem with it. I think it will be great for MGM, be great for business and attracting people. I understand that the entire casino will not be serving alcohol until 4 a.m. [only] certain areas of the casino will be allowed to serve," said Springfield City Council President, Orlando Ramos.
But the city can only give their blessing as the authority sits with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission told Western Mass News:
"The commission extended the public comment period today for another week. They do not anticipate make a decision until the end of June."
"It’s very exciting to see what’s going to happen in downtown Springfield. We are looking forward to the grand opening of MGM Springfield and I think people are going to be happy when they see it," said Ramos.
The casino opens its doors to the public on August 24.
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