MGM SPRINGFIELD – Entertainment, MassMutualCenter & Symphony Hall

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MGM Springfield isn’t just a gambling destination, it’s a resort, complete with great entertainment planned in and around the casino. Concerts and events presented will be offered in conjunction with the city’s MassMutual Center — which is managed by MGM — as well as CityStage and Symphony Hall.

The Venues

MGM Springfield’s business parent – MGM Resorts International – has the connections, resources and experience to run the MassMutual Center better than it has been and provides the city of Springfield an Entertainment Center that will match the rejuvenation of the city with the addition of MGM Springfield. 

MGM Springfield, the luxury resort casino scheduled to open in the fall of 2018, and Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, an expert in hospitality and entertainment, will jointly operate the MassMutual Center, a multipurpose arena and convention center, in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. MGM Springfield would serve as the venue management company and Spectra would provide food and beverage services through its Food Services & Hospitality division. Michael Mathis, President and Chief Operating Officer for MGM Springfield, said “This market has unique offerings for convention goers and local residents alike, and the MassMutual Center should continue to be an integral part of what attracts visitors to downtown.

Opened in Las Vegas in April

T-Mobile Arena by MGM opened in Las Vegas in April

In case people in the northeast are wondering if MGM can manage big arenas, just check the history of the MGM Grand’s Garden Arena.  It has been at the top of the list in boxing events, music performance, and any other type of big arena happening since Barbara Streisand opened it in 1993.  And the new T-Mobile Arena is one of Las Vegas’ hottest new sports and entertainment venues, opening in 2017.

The Entertainment

MGM Springfield headliners, comedians, and other shows will now be included in our NETG monthly entertainment listings. Acts this fall include:

  • August 25th – Dropkick Murphys on the Plaza
  • Sept. 1 – Stevie Wonder
  • Sept. 9th – Aaron Lewis
  • Sept. 18th –  4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince” featuring the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and arranged by Questlove
  • Sept. 29th – Felipe Esparza
  • Oct. 4th – Bill Burr
  • Nov. 9th – The Comedy Get Down,” featuring Cedric “The Entertainer,” Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and George Lopez

THE PLAZA

The Plaza

The Plaza, is an outdoor dining and entertainment district. As a great place to hang with friends or grab a bite to eat, it will include entertainment and much more – some weather permitting, of course.  This IS New England, not Nevada. Planned for the Plaza already are:

  • Aug. 29th & Sept. 12th – WHITE LION WEDNESDAY – weekly beer garden held in downtown Springfield is being featured in The Plaza with a complete selection of White Lion Brews.
  • Sept. 2nd – BAGS & BREWS – MGM Springfield’s First Annual Cornhole Tournament!
  • Sept. 6 & 7 – BIKETOBERFEST – Motorcycle show outside on the plaza.
  • Sept. 12th – DUELING PIANOS – Presented by New England Dueling Pianos
  • Sept 21-23 – FARMERS MARKET – interact with and buy from local artisans and vendors
  • Winter time –

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Besides the 10 bowling alleys, the resort provides an eight-screen movie theater; an 8,000-square-foot pool; a spa; a 10-lane bowling alley; and a “Topgolf Swing Suite” where you can test out your fairway chops in a three-simulator lounge – smaller than Las Vegas, but similar to the ones at Foxwoods, Foxboro and Boston.  Also, December- February, the Plaza will transform in part to the Plaza’s ice skating rink from 11:00AM to 7:00PM.

Opinion

There is no doubt here at NETG that MGM with bring entertainment to a high level.  It will also have events that cater to the residents of Springfield and surrounding communities.  But parking at the casino and getting to the venues might be an additional charge as attending any event in any city.  Walking from MGM Springfield to MassMutual is not that far, but not the safest path at night.  Of course, Uber & Lyft are options, as well is the LOOP, Springfield’s mass transportation for the downtown area.  It might be a great addition to provide shuttle buses, especially to Symphony Hall.  There is something to be said for all encompassing casinos for convenience & safety.

Mohegan Sun still has the arena that provides top quality acts in a variety of formats, from basketball, boxing  & lacrosse, to headliner concerts such as U2 & Britney Spears. MGM Springfield will entertainment venues in their portfolio that other smaller New England casinos will not.  MGM Springfield, Mohegan Sun & Foxwoods, with two outstanding theaters (one of which was built by MGM ironically) will compete for top-notch entertainment.

The Draw

The possibilities of the two properties that MGM Springfield will be managing for it’s large entertainment events is more proof that it is a resort to be reckoned with.

Four More Days

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MGM Winning the Battle in CT by Outspending the Rest

Hold The Demolition!

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations were set to begin work on dismantling the abandoned Showcase Cinamas in East Windsor where the joint venture of MMCT were to build a casino. Let’s face it, it was intended to be a quick reaction to save jobs and revenue going over the border to Springfield .

MGM Resorts International continues to throw any resistance they can, raising its own bet for Connecticut’s lucrative gambling dollars. In case you missed it, in the last few years MGM has:

  • flooded the towns considered for the MMCT third casino venture with propaganda to promote disinterest
  • stirred the pot by inciting other CT tribes to “get their piece of the pie,”
  • made CT legislators consider other processes for gaming in the Nutmeg State
  • studied and suggested Bridgeport as the best place for a new casino (away from Springfield)

    Bridgeport, CT – MGM casino quest

  • continues litigation with the state of CT concerning the casino addition
  • slowed the third casino process to a crawl, getting ahead with their project in Springfield while
  • continuing to move forward steadily in building MGM Springfield
  • and even has CT politicians & residents alike thinking that no additional casino is the best scenario

With an offer for a Bridgeport casino and fierce opposition to the East Windsor site within 17 miles of the $900 million MGM casino nearing completion in Springfield, Mass., there is as much as $20 million a month in Connecticut gambling revenue at stake.

Ken Dixon of the CT Post reported the following actions as MGM raised the ante last year:

  • Spending more than $3.8 million in TV and radio ads and lobbying state agencies and lawmakers, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Attorney General George Jepsen, a Hearst Connecticut Media review of public records in the Office of State Ethics has found. (The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegans’ joint venture spent less than $1.2 million.)
  • MGM hired a Washington lobbyist to focus on the Department of the Interior and the White House, paying Ballard Partners $270,000.
  • Lobbying total comparisons: MGM Resorts International $3.8 million, Mashantucket Pequot Tribe/Foxwoods $77,850, MMCT Venture, (East Windsor tribal casino) $1.2 million, Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Kent $158,194 (when MGM backed an effort to get the tribe recognized and allowed a competing casino)
  • MGM Resorts International’s growing investment in Connecticut lobbying – 2015 — $172,937  2016 — $1,224,440, 2017 — $3.8 million

“It’s par for the course,” said Andrew Doba, spokesman for the two tribes. “MGM has shown, month after month, year after year, that they are willing to spend ungodly amounts of money to prevent Connecticut from taking the logical and necessary steps to protecting jobs and revenue.”

Connecticut State Capitol

Recently, Kenneth Gosselin if the Hartford Courant reported the introduction of a bill that would open casino expansion in Connecticut to competitive bidding calls for scrapping plans for a casino in East Windsor. The bill requires that proposals include a workforce of at least 2,000 and an agreement to give the state at least 25 percent of gross gaming revenues from all games, plus at least 10 percent from slot machines. The pact with CT’s two tribal casinos now in action insures 25% of all slot revenue.

What would the New bill entail?

  1. Bids are due by Jan. 1.
  2. The proposals also must show the bidders are able to pay a one-time $50 million licensing fee to the state.
  3. The legislature’s public safety and security committee, which oversees gaming, will hold a public hearing on the bill on March 8.

The legislative committee will take a broader look at the future of gaming in the state, including sports betting, in an informational forum.

Last February I wrote that there were three future possibilities in Connecticut concerning casino expansion:

“At this time, here are the possibilities:

  1. No Casino – yes, that’s right.  In a quick Twitter poll on our NETimeGambling Twitter site, 60% responded to no casino, 20% for Bridgeport, and 20% for the Hartford area.
  2. MMCT gets their casino, the mess continues, but to no avail.
  3. All Hell Breaks Lose! – the process is revisited, commercial casinos apply for two licenses, and I’ll be writing about it well into 2020.”

Well, here we are a year later. I guess not much has changed, except for one thing – MGM is winning the battle in CT.  Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods should start thinking about other possibilities to compete for the gambler’s dollar.

 

 

7 Recent & Popular Gambling Posts You Might Have Missed

It’s supposed to be cold here in the winter time – which is officially 6 weeks away. Some of my best memories is going to a casino in a snow storm, having the casino all to myself while the snow falls and cancels event after event. School snow days are the best.

So before winter settles in, let’s take you back a few weeks to the best received posts from the past two weeks. 

But first some gambling humor:

Wife:”My husband’s going to a casino in central Asia.”
Friend:”Tibet?”
Wife:”Of course, why else would he go!”

And now, the best of recent weeks. HERE’S WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED!

7 New England Casinos by the Numbers

a continuous fave on the hit parade – gambling stats include games, # of tables, # of slots, hotel accommodations, dining, entertainment……well complete coverage of all seven “by the numbers.”

 

 

Three posts to understand Maine’s third casino proposal in York County and it’s failure.

October 18th, 2017 – Referendum for Maine’s Third Casino Arriving Soon

November 7th, 2017 – Today’s the Day – The Vote for a Third Maine Casino

November 11th, 2017 – Maine’s Voters Respond – No Third Casino For You!

From the Archives, still popular this week:

Slot Machines – When to Play Max Bet  

……when should I hit that bet max button. Max Bet or Maximum Bet is the highest amount of coins or credits you can play in a single spin. The answer to the question depends on the machine being played…….

 

 

November 1st, 2017 – MGM Springfield Releases New Details with Local Flavor

It seems MGM has some very keen interest in our unique New England heritage.

October 29th – Cardless Casino Players Clubs

Will there ever be a time when the only players club card you need will be your smart phone?  Read on….

 

Have a great week!

Binbin