MGM Set for Grand Opening of First Casino Resort in Massachusetts
The first full-scale casino resort located in Massachusetts is set to open its doors for the first time next week. MGM Resorts International is set to open a new location in downtown Springfield on Main Street on Friday, August 24. The casino, which is a 2 million square-foot resort that cost $960 million to construct, includes a 5-story hotel and well over 100,000 feet of gaming space. There will also be plenty of retail shops and restaurants available to the public.
As far as food goes, customers will have no shortage of options. 2 of the marquee restaurants set to open are The Chandler Steak House (featuring executive chef Meghan Gill) and an Italian place in Cal Mare, which features the work of star chef Michael Mina.
The TAP Sports Bar will be available to those that want to catch a game while they eat. Other bars, like the Knox Bar, Lobby Bar and Commonwealth Bar and Lounge, will open to those with more thirst than hunger.
As far as gaming is concerned, the resort will have you covered. There will be over 2,500 slot machines and 120 gaming tables present on the casino floor along with a VIP gaming area and a separate poker room.
If you’re looking for some entertainment that doesn’t involve gambling, the resort also boasts an 8-screen movie theater, a 10-lane bowling alley, a massive 8,000 square-foot swimming pool and a “Topgolf Swing Suite,” which features a golf simulator. Those wanting to take their swings on the golf simulator will be able to enjoy some beverages along the way.
The casino’s hotel includes 250 rooms. An MGM press release said, “Each space is punctuated by details such as quotations from the works of Emily Dickinson and whimsical Merriam-Webster-inspired works of art.” There will also be some retail shops on the street level, including Hannoush Jewelers and Kringle Candle.
The resort also contains an outdoor plaza at which customers can witness live events, attend the occasional farmers market or put on the skates and use the ice skating rink, which will be available once the weather cools off.
A press release issued by MGM says a parade is scheduled to take place in downtown Springfield at 10:30 in the morning on August 24 in order to usher in the new casino resort. The parade will include the Budweiser Clydesdales alongside Springfield city officials and “other surprise entertainment.” The resort’s employees and some of the construction workers that helped build the property will also be in attendance. Doors to the casino will open for the first time once the parade reaches the casino around 11:00.
The Boston-based rock band Dropkick Murphys will additionally perform the inaugural concert at the aforementioned plaza on Saturday, August 25. Another band, Flowers & Kain will get the proceedings started at 7:30pm before Dropkick Murphys hit the stage 30 minutes later.
The executive director of entertainment for MGM Springfield, Talia Spera, said, “What a way to kick off our opening weekend. MGM is the entertainment leader and we are committed to building an event calendar full of stellar entertainment inside and out. This is another first for the city and New England, and we’re excited to introduce new traditions to our MGM Springfield guests.”
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