New England News
10:36 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Springfield Voters Endorse MGM Casino Project

Voters in Springfield, Massachusetts Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a proposal by MGM Resorts to build an $800 million casino in the city’s downtown.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno addresses a crowd of 200 gathered at the Springfield History Museum to celebrate the casino referendum victory
Credit WAMC

   MGM officials hailed the vote as a landslide. Unofficial results from the city election department had 57 percent of the vote in favor to 42 percent opposed.  Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, a strong supporter of the MGM casino said the vote sends a resounding message that the best place for a casino in western Massachusetts is in Springfield.

   MGM can now apply for a casino license from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Competition for the sole license available in western Massachusetts is expected from casino projects in West Springfield and Palmer.