MGM Resorts International's US $ 960 million casino and entertainment complex will open on August 24 prior to its scheduled opening in September.
"Proof of the Decade of Cooperation Between the City of Springfield and MGM Resorts, MGM Springfield They honor the city's legacy and celebrate their bright future as they introduce a series of outstanding hospitality and entertainment experiences, guests from New England and beyond will be attracting attention, "said MGM Springfield President Michael Matthis in a statement on Thursday.
The announcement seemed to try to quell the swirling speculation that MGM had turned its attention to Boston and that the casino was being built by Wynn Resorts should it be for sale.
The speculation was sparked by a report in the Wall Street Journal over discussions of a possible purchase of the Boston Casino under construction by MGM. With casino companies only able to run a Massachusetts venue, analysts said a sale of Springfield Casino would be the most likely option for MGM should it try to buy Wynn's venue.
"We are incredibly proud to present what we believe is the region's premier entertainment destination and an important role for Springfield in an exciting renaissance," Matthis said.
Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno repeated these feelings and emphasized the prospect of a long partnership with the casino and entertainment company.
"I look forward to working with MGM Springfield for many years," Sarno said in a statement. "You are an outstanding company and a great corporate citizen, and I greatly appreciate her faith and her investment in Springfield."
Springfield revitalizes a three-block section of downtown that was devastated by a 201
The casino will feature a 125,000 square foot board with 2,550 slot machines, 120 table games, a punch room, and a high-limit gaming area.
The attractions include a boutique hotel with 250 rooms, restaurants, a cinema, a bowling alley and an open-air market.