SPRINGFIELD, MA (CelebrityAccess) — MGM Resorts International hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday for MGM Springfield, an approximately $800 million casino resort slated to open in fall 2017 in Downtown Springfield.
When completed the mixed-used development will include a 25-story, 250-room hotel with a spa, a pool and roof deck; 125,000 square feet of gaming space with 3,000 slot machines, 75 gaming tables, a poker room and high limit VIP gambling area; about 55,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space that will accommodate 15 shops and restaurants; and a multi-level parking garage.
Plans also envision a high-energy dining, retail and entertainment district with an eight-screen cinema, bowling alley and an outdoor stage. This will be developed by Davenport Properties of Boston, MA, in partnership with MGM on land now occupied by the tornado-ravaged South End Community Center and the Zanetti School.
MGM claims that their Springfield development will bring 3,000 permanent jobs and 2,000 construction jobs to the region. – Staff Writers