West Springfield


Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker, just three days removed from his close election victory, visited western Massachusetts today.  He met privately with the mayor of the region’s largest city, and also with a suburban mayor who had endorsed Baker’s candidacy.

The Republican governor-elect and the Democratic mayor of Springfield dismissed their political differences and stressed their mutual interests in economic development and finding innovative ways to improve the state’s public schools.


A group has organized to oppose Hard Rock International’s plans to build an $800 million resort casino in West Springfield, Massachusetts.    The casino development is subject to a make or break voter referendum in the town of 30,000 people on September 10th.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Nathan Bech who is spearheading the “No Casino West Springfield” campaign.


The campaign to convince voters in West  Springfield ,Massachusetts to ratify a development deal  for a resort casino was formally launched Tuesday evening.  Officials with Hard Rock Hotels and Casino hosted about 50 people for a cook-out at its newly opened campaign headquarters for the September 10th referendum.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland about the pro-casino campaign.

Hard Rock has begun the campaign to convince voters in West Springfield, Massachusetts to endorse the company’s plan for a resort casino. It will be the second western Massachusetts casino project to face a make or break referendum.

       Hard Rock officials will host a public grand opening Tuesday for the campaign headquarters for the September 10th casino referendum.  The event will mark the formal launch of the “West Side Yes” pro-casino campaign. 

West Springfield Expected To Set Casino Vote Soon

Jul 22, 2013

The town council in West Springfield, Massachusetts has scheduled a meeting to set a date for a voter referendum on the casino development deal proposed by Hard Rock International.

The President of Hard Rock New England said he'll ask the council when it meets on Tuesday to schedule the referendum for Sept. 10, before the start of the Big E expo the following weekend.

Hard Rock wants to build an $800 million resort casino on part of the Eastern States Exhibition fairgrounds.

Springfield voters last week approved a casino development deal with MGM Resorts.


The “Big E” has a new boss.  Eugene Cassidy is the new president and C-E-O of the Eastern States Exposition.  The organization has hosted the region’s largest agricultural fair and exposition on its grounds in West Springfield for 95 years.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul  Tuthill spoke with Cassidy about what makes the “ Big E” such a big draw through the decades.