BOSTON (WWLP) – The state’s first casino, a slots parlor, opened for business in Plainville Wednesday afternoon. The opening is a major step in a long journey that started when state lawmakers approved expanded gaming back in 2011.
Plainridge Park Casino, located just off I-495 in western Norfolk County, is the first of an expected four gaming facilities in the state. Work is currently underway in Springfield, where MGM was awarded a license to open a resort-style casino.
It took years to get to this point. Cities and towns had to vote on an agreement with a developer, and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission then had to approve them. The whole effort was put in jeopardy due to a state ballot question that would have repealed the 2011 law. Voters rejected that question last November.
Rep. Angelo Puppolo (D-Springfield) told 22News that the process had to play out this way.
“It had to be done thorough, it had to be done proper and I think we were able to accomplish that. I mean, I’m pleased where we are now,” Puppolo said.
MGM Springfield expects to be open for business in 2017, but that could get pushed back to 2018 due to construction on Interstate 91.