In the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, MGM Springfield is on schedule to unleash its brand of casino in 2018, opening its $950 million gaming facility to raise the sagging economy of the city considered the birthplace of basketball.
Today, state and local officials will gather for a topping off ceremony downtown. The ceremony will top off what will become the hotel rotunda along Main Street. The Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner will also be in Springfield to celebrate this phase in the hotel construction.
MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno are expected to speak at Wednesday’s event. Speeches for the ceremony will take place at the Howard Street turnaround, starting at 10:00 a.m., followed by the raising of the beam to top off the future hotel rotunda at 10:30 a.m.
Driving on I-91, you can see the progress being made on the 14.5 acres from just passing by. MGM is moving quickly through demolition in the South End of Springfield. In early January 2016, it all began with the razing of the former Zanetti School, and cleared part of the block between Howard and Bliss streets. Now, the parking garage is nearing completion and the skeletal framework of the casino building is taking shape.
Yesterday, Senators signed the steel beam that will be used for the topping off during today’s ceremony. The final steel beam will be signed by workers and dignitaries before it is placed atop what will be the hotel rotunda along Main Street.
MGM has continued to work with the city of Springfield:
- In April 2016, MGM Springfield has completed the relocation the First Spiritualist Church in order to clear the land for the resort casino’s construction site. The French Congregational Church, known since 1919 as the First Spiritualist Church, is a historic High Victorian Gothic church located at 33-37 Bliss Street in Springfield, Massachusetts. MGM has respected important parts of Springfield history since the project’s inception.
- MGM Springfield and Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, previously announced a joint five-year contract to operate the
MassMutual Center, a multipurpose arena and convention center, in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. Under this joint bid, MGM Springfield would serve as the venue management company and Spectra would provide food and beverage services through its Food Services & Hospitality division.
- MGM Springfield has committed to partnering with small and family-owned businesses throughout Western Massachusetts to provide goods and services for the new entertainment district, looking to strengthen the local economy and local businesses by offering $50 million in biddable goods annually in local procurement opportunities.
- Jobs are the prime concern in Springfield. Revitalizing Springfield by providing jobs in industries such as dining, retail, entertainment, finance, and information technology will the main immediate focus.
- A list of benefits to Springfield residents and surrounding towns can be found on the following link MGM Springfield FAQ’s.
Congratulations to a project that has so much to offer Springfield.