August 22, 2012
MGM Resorts International announced plans for a $800 million casino in Springfield, Massachusetts. It also paid the $400,000 application fee to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to become the first casino applicant in the western region of the state. Only one casino license will be issued in each of three regions.
MGM Springfield will encompass 500,000 square feet of casino gaming, dining, entertainment, hotel, residential and retail facilities.
The facilities will cover three city blocks in Downtown Springfield. That is approximately a 12-acre area bounded by Main Street, Union Street, East Columbus Ave and State Street. The project will include the casino, dining, retail and entertainment.
The casino floor will have 89,000 square feet of gaming space. The number of slot machines and the types of table games have not been announced at this time.
A Dining, Retail and Entertainment District
This district is tentatively named Amory Square. It lies between Union and Howard streets and features 165,000 square feet of dining, retail and entertainment plus a multi-level parking garage with 5,000 vehicle spaces.
There will be 15 restaurants and shops. The restaurants will include a variety of choices from casual venues to formal dining. The shops will offer a diversity of fashion, electronics and sporting goods.
The entertainment options will include a movie cinema with 50,000 square feet and 12 screens, a 20,000 square-foot bowling alley, and an outdoor stage for free live music and entertainment.
The MGM Springfield hotel will be 25 stories with 250 rooms and suites. It will use the existing building facade at 73 State Street. The hotel amenities include a 10,000 -quare-foot pool and spa, a 35,000-square-foot roof deck and outdoor garden, and 40,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.
MGM Springfield would offer 40,000 square feet one and two bedroom apartments.
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