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Construction is now moving at breakneck speed as the $960 million casino takes shape in Springfield's south end.

In any given spot inside the MGM construction zone it seems like everyday there's something new.

MGM Resorts International General Manager Alex Dixon told Western Mass News the exterior is nearly complete. "Now that it's springtime, you'll start to see a lot of the plants to arrive that really soften up some of the streetscapes and its going to be amazing, the amount of green space that we're able to incorporate into our overall plan," said Dixon. Inside, the public or media is not allowed just yet. "If you go inside the facility we've already got well over 1,400 slots already in place. All of our table games are in place, but there are certain pockets where we're still working through," Dixon continued. Admittedly, there's still a lot of work to be done in the next 3-plus months. "We think all the street work will be done. The police kiosks will be in place, the new police substation is scheduled to open in 30 to 45 days in the downtown, so that will be another big change," said Springfield Chief Development Officer, Kevin Kennedy. Kennedy said those are parts the public sees. What they don't see are the now weekly meetings as the city gets set to welcome thousands more visitors daily. "Logistically, that requires an awful lot of involvement with DPW, fire, police, and all the emergency personnel that's involved when all the sudden you have 12,000 people show up in downtown Springfield," Kennedy added. MGM said 100 days from now, they will be ready. 100 days will allow for the finishing touches on close to 100 table games, 2,500 slot machines, a couple dozen poker tables, a hotel, an eight-screen movie theater, several restaurants, a spa, a bowling alley... and a retail space, just to name a few. Copyright 2018 Western Mass News (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.


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