New England News
7:42 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Hard Rock, West Springfield Mayor Sign Casino Development Deal

The mayor of West Springfield, Massachusetts has signed an agreement with Hard Rock International which hopes to win the competition for a resort casino license in Western Massachusetts.

Credit Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

   The agreement guarantees West Springfield a minimum payment of $18 million annually. An additional $8 million  per year would be paid to surrounding communities. Mayor Gregory Neffinger said the deal he negotiated also calls for upfront payments of more than $40 million to improve traffic, infrastructure and public safety.

   Hard Rock wants to build the $800 million casino on part of the Big E fairgrounds. The agreement  must pass a voter  referendum tentatively scheduled for September 10th.  MGM in Springfield and Mohegan Sun in Palmer also want the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.