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.
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.