MGM’s proposed Massachusetts development advances

The municipal government of Springfield, Massachusetts, on Wednesday selected MGM Resorts International as the city’s chosen candidate to develop a casino-resort with Western Massachusetts’ sole casino license.

Assuming the company’s background check is approved by the Massachusetts Gambling Commission, the MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas, proposal would advance to potentially compete before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission with Hard Rock International in West Springfield and Mohegan Sun in Palmer for the same license. Only one will be approved by the state.

“We are happy to celebrate this milestone today, but we remain keenly aware that there is more work to do. We look forward to the continued dialogue and engagement with city officials and residents,” said MGM Resorts and MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle.

The proposed MGM Springfield development includes a US$800 million residential, retail, dining and entertainment district as well as a 250-room hotel.