MGM Springfield Three Years Ago

Three years ago, before MGM Springfield was built, I had some random thoughts and concerns for the future.  The following post was written three years ago.  Any additions will be in green italics.  Otherwise, it’s posted here as it was three years ago. MGM Springfield Three Years Ago. 


MGM Springfield Three Years Ago

I really do want MGM Springfield to succeed. It’s being counted on to bring revenue for an economically needy city. MGM Springfield needs to offer jobs and enhance the rundown parts of Springfield.

I want it to be another casino jewel in New England to solidify southern New England as a destination.  MGM, EncoreBH, Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun are all resorts people from all over the country would enjoy visiting.  How much is MGM Springfield a resort?  That’s a topic for a different post. But for now, let’s see how it stacks up compared to MGM Springfield Three Years Ago.

Unfortunately, I still have doubts to accompany the excitement of a top-class resort venue and their journey to 2018.  So here are random thoughts about the MGM Springfield project and related issues:

Changes in Plans

The original plans were impressive, but now take away the tower, lower the parking garage by two floors, and move the apartments in the video’s opening further away from the casino. Inside, MGM Springfield looks similar to Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas (Summerlin), with restaurants outlying the casino. The essential “Center Bar” made so Important by the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas long ago.  It has modern looks like MGM’s latest “Aria,” but much brighter. (Today, we now know it’s not even close to looking like Red Rock in Nevada, except for restaurants on the perimeter. It’s much smaller, with fewer hotel rooms. Center Bar is just a walk-up bar, a smaller version of Long Bar at the D in Downtown, Las Vegas.)

Related Post – MGM Springfield Is Not A Resort

Will MGM & Wynn (Encore) be powerful enough to influence a repeal of the “NO Happy Hour” Law in Massachusetts?  Imagine no alcohol freebies on a casino floor owned by MGM & Wynn – blasphemy! (Originally, free drinks were to be limited to non-alcoholic.  Comped beverages are now allowed at both.  Encore & MGM did have enough power to get Massachusetts to extend alcohol service. Both casinos can serve alcohol to players until 4:00 AM)

National MLife Connections

MLife Rewards Club of MGM

I’m encouraged about the East-West connection the rewards club provides.  Earning MLife points in Springfield that can be used in Las Vegas & Biloxi (MGM owns Beau Rivage Resort Casino there) is exciting!  Let’s face it; MGM owns some incredible properties.  Imagine earning offers from MGM Springfield to stay at Bellagio, Aria, and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas! (In fact, MLife connections providing offers all over the country is a huge reason to play at MGM Springfield. Also, Borgata is now owned by MGM, another great east coast property)

The Connecticut Threat 

MGM dismisses everyone else in New England (except Wynn) as no competition. Eliminating the hotel tower is disappointing.  Yet, their “hotel on its side” plan idea is supposed to be the thing that distinguishes them from the Foxwoods & Mohegan Suns of the world.

Changes in designs do occur all the time. Rising costs are usually sighted as the reasons for these changes – whether it’s a Mall, housing project, or a casino. Sorry MGM, we know you are big stuff in the gaming industry, but rationalizing a downgraded hotel as game-changing in the casino industry is just insulting.  New Englanders aren’t that naive and stupid.

Correspondingly, if  MGM thinks the Nutmeg State’s casinos are not a threat to MGM Springfield’s success, why the lawsuit? (MGM International threw lots of opposition to disrupt the third casino in CT) Likewise, why does MGM compare itself to CT’s tribal casinos instead of looking out west to New York State/ By the same token, MGM says it wants a casino in CT (Bridgeport) but pulled out of Foxwoods in previous years?  Hypocrisy, I say—sheer hypocrisy.

Related Post – MGM sues Connecticut officials over casino legislation

(Since then, MGM bought the Empire City Casino and Yonkers Raceway in New York. That’s only 55 miles away from Bridgeport, CT.  Their recent interest in buying Encore Boston Harbor showed a lack of wanting to keep MGM Springfield. MGM International continues to look like PacMan – trying to gobble up everything in sight.)

Gamblers Concerns

I’m just as concerned with what MGM is going to bring to gamblers.  So, MGM, I ask you – what advantage I have spread my money in Springfield compared to other New England options?

Will MGM have the same poor to mediocre Video Poker paytables that are in all their other properties?  (Yes!) The exception is Borgata in Atlantic City, which they share with Boyd Gaming. You’re going to have to make your gambling options better if you seriously want to compete with CT & RI. (Guess we nailed that one!)I wonder what plans MGM Springfield has concerning smoking.  The options provided for smokers at Plainridge Park seem almost punitive.  Massachusetts Casino Law has the entire casino as non-smoking. (All Massachusetts casinos are smokeless. This is a plus to most.)

I have so many other thoughts, questions, and requests concerning MGM Springfield, but they will have to wait……….my brain hurts, time for a break.

Binbin

(Thanks for going back in time with us.  MGM Springfield is still evolving.  I wonder how different it will be three years from today?)

About Binbin and NETimeGambling.com

Robin T. Aubin (AKA Binbin at NETimeGambling) has been a guest on Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast, The Bettor Life Podcast, The Art in the Game Podcast featuring all that is Springfield, Massachusetts. as well as ZorkCast with Michael Trager. As the founder of NETimeGambling.com, he has tried to provide a resource for recreational gamblers featuring New England’s expanding casino market events, gambling promotions, and entertainment. As a professional musician for over 50 years, he has performed in some of New England’s best venues, namely Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den, Foxwoods’ Atrium Lounge, and Twin River’s Lighthouse Bar & Lounge.

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