MGM Springfield Shows Progress, Promise, and Perspective in Tour of Construction Site


Last week, Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby got to see first-hand the progress of the MGM Springfield casino project.

Crosby and other commission members were part of a guided tour of the 14-acre, $950 million casino project. According to Peter Goonan of The Republic, Crosby said. “It’s moving very, very quickly…. to get physically a flavor of what this will be like, is extraordinary.”

MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said the project remains on schedule, slated to open by September of 2018, aided by good weather.  Mathis said it is a very fast-moving project with work on-site and off-site.

Brian Hallenbeck of the Day reported that “High-reaching cranes, some 1,700 pieces of steel and more than 11,000 cubic yards of poured concrete were among the tangible signs of the project’s status. Together, they seemed to strongly suggest: This baby’s going to come in on time, if not a bit ahead of schedule.”

A bird's eye view of the site, courtesy of

A bird’s eye view of the site, courtesy of

During the tour, the City of Springfield’s chief development officer, Kevin Kennedy, credited the casino project with boosting downtown revitalization efforts and providing 2,000 construction jobs as well as the promise of 3,000 permanent ones once the project is completed. He cited the city has attracted $3.3 billion in investments since the 2011 tornado that ripped through the South End, which is where MGM is building.

MGM Floor Plan

MGM Floor Plan

 of WWLP in Springfield, Channel 22, had a great re-cap of progress in downtown Springfield.  For the article and video, click here.

MGM Springfield seems ahead of schedule – are you watching MMCT and the State of Connecticut?