New England News
5:17 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

MGM Clears State Background Check In Bid To Build Springfield Casino

           A major development today in efforts to build a resort casino in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts

An artist's rendering of MGM Resorts proposed casino in Springfield, MA
An artist's rendering of MGM Resorts proposed casino in Springfield, MA

   The Massachusetts Gaming Commssion, following a lengthy background investigation, and a public hearing earlier this month has determined that MGM Resorts is suitable to hold a casino license in Massachusetts. It clears the company to file a final application by the December 31st deadline for  an  $800 million casino project in Springfield.  The city’s chief development officer Kevin Kennedy said the casino could be licensed by May.

    " I had a brief conversation with the mayor earlier. He is very very pleased, as are all of us who have worked very hard on this. We have overcome another hurdle in the process."

   MGM is only the company competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.