We’ve covered the history –> MGM Springfield – A Look Back to Start MGM SPRINGFIELD Week
We’ve covered what to expect this weekend –> Monday Link – Here’s what to expect at the MGM Springfield casino opening next week
We’ve covered Entertainment and venues –>MGM SPRINGFIELD – Entertainment, MassMutualCenter & Symphony Hall
And, we’ve covered the ways that MGM has kept the history and surroundings of Springfield, Massachusetts and New England in mind in their design –>MGM Springfield Kept Community History in Casino Consideration
Today, our final pre-coverage of the big opening concerns MEETING SPACE, TRANSPORTATION and FINAL OPENING DAY SUGGESTIONS
Remember it is limited to how much land it could take for this resort, so the amount of convention space is good, but does not compare to the CT casinos. Still, it has approximately 34,000 square feet of dynamic and flexible space to cater to hosting a corporate meeting or an intimate social affair. They have slyly choose names for the rooms from some of the company’s sister properties. According to Robert Rizzuto from MASSLIVE.COM, “…to highlight the casino’s connection to other top destinations around the country, the event and meeting areas at the Springfield casino include: the 10,600-square-foot ARIA Ballroom; 5,600-square-foot Bellagio Ballroom; 1,000-square foot Borgata Meeting Room; and the 1,000-square-foot Beau Rivage Boardroom.” The Terrace will overlook the Armory Square where the city’s iconic 19th century National Guard Armory is now part of the resort. For large conventions, MGM Springfield still has the MassMutualCenter featuring 100,000 sq. ft. and capacity for 8,000.
What is it? MGM Springfield, as part of their city plan, proposed a bus line that would not only serve the resort, but help residents and tourists get around to other important Springfield spots, such as the Armory, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Springfield Museums and Union Station. For more on the LOOP, go to YouTube and check out this video.
The Loop, will debut on Aug. 24 as part of MGM’s opening day.
OPENING DAY SUGGESTIONS
MGM Springfield and the city will address the expected influx of traffic on Interstate 91 and some local roads by closing Exit 6 for a few hours beginning at 6 a.m. on opening day.
Motorists using I-91 and/or the Massachusetts Turnpike to travel to the MGM casino on the opening day are advised to take the following exits:
- From Hartford and points south; Take I-91 North to Exit 5.
- From Boston/Worcester and points east: Take Mass Pike (I-90 West) to I-291 West to I-91 South to Exit 4.
- From the Berkshires/Albany, New York (and points west), take Mass. Pike east to I-91 South to Exit 7.
- From Vermont (and points north), take I-91 South to Exit 7.
Those arriving to Springfield early may be able to snag a spot at MGM’s new 3,400 space, seven-story parking garage, located at Union Street and East Columbus Avenue.
- With the garage expected to fill quickly on opening weekend, however, all visitors are being encouraged to park for free at the Big E, where an express shuttle will begin taking people to the property at 6 a.m. Shuttles will run every five to 10 minutes from 6 a.m. on Friday to 8 a.m. on Saturday.
- Handicap parking will be located on all levels of the MGM Springfield Parking Garage and handicap buses will also be available at the Big E.
- Other parking options include: The Civic Center Garage, located at 41 Harrison Ave.; the I-91 South Garage, located at 1620 East Columbus Ave.; the I-91 North Garage, located at 1870 East Columbus Ave.; the Union Station Garage, located at 1771 Main St.; the Tower Square Garage, located at 1500 Main St.; and the Monarch Garage, located at 1414 Main St.
- Remember, there is always the Loop! (see above)
3. Anything else to do besides gambling?
According to MGM Springfield, all activities such as Top Golf, the Movie Theater, the bowling ally etc., will be available . Also dining options should be open as well. And don’t forget another Springfield legend across from the casino entrance – Red Rose Pizza.
So, there is our week before the opening of the newest casino/resort in New England. One more day! One more day!