Voters in Springfield Massachusetts go to the polls Tuesday for a referendum on plans by MGM Resorts to build an $800 million resort casino in the downtown.
MGM, which needs local voter approval before it can apply for a state gaming license, has poured a million dollars into the referendum campaign. There was an advertizing blitz, campaign volunteers knocked on 28,000 doors and made thousands of phone calls. MGM executives met with key neighborhood and civic groups. MGM CEO James Murran is confident.
Casino opponents have staged a couple of rallies and have stood holding signs at busy traffic intersections. MGM is facing competition for the western Massachusetts casino license form Hard Rock International in West Springfield and Mohegan Sun in Palmer.