SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – If everything goes as planned, the casino market in the Northeast will see at least six new casinos open in the near future. Two resort casinos and a slots parlor in Massachusetts and three in New York.
MGM Springfield is on track to break ground for a resort casino next spring, but by the time MGM opens its doors in Springfield’s south end, there could be a lot more regional competition. On Wednesday, New York’s Gaming Facility Board recommended the state license three casinos.
Closest to Mass. is the Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady, just west of Albany. It’s a $300 million project with more than 1,100 slot machines. Schenectady, New York is about 100 miles west of Springfield. So MGM Springfield will have the Rivers Casino and Resort there, and 100 miles to its east, there will be Wynn Resorts in Everett.
MGM Springfield Spokeswoman Carole Brennan told 22News the company is confident in its design and marketing plan.
People 22News spoke with agree. Jordan Prickett of Easthampton said, “Not if we have something in Springfield. People go to whatever is convenient. So I don’t think they’d be competing with us if we both have our own.”
However, for others, no matter how many casinos there are, they don’t plan to spend money there. Ceil Nichols of Southampton said, “I just really have no interest in them whatsoever. (So you wouldn’t go to really any of them?) No no. (What if…) If I did, it would be to maybe people watch or something but not to gamble.”
MGM Springfield has plans to open its casino early 2017.
Below is the full statement from Carole Brennan, MGM Springfield Spokesperson:
As an urban revitalization project, MGM Springfield is uniquely positioned within a multi-billion dollar gaming market to offer the existing amenities of a vibrant downtown. We are confident that our innovative design, tested marketing plan, and strong brand will make MGM Springfield a premiere destination resort casino in the Northeast.