Possible MGM delay could benefit Connecticut casinos

Artistic rendering of the proposed MGM Springfield casino.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The MGM casino for Springfield may not open until 2018, but they may have competition sooner than that.

Connecticut casinos are one step closer to putting a satellite casino near to the Massachusetts state line and keeping Connecticut gamblers in Connecticut.

MGM recently put in a request to delay the casino opening of its planned resort in Springfield for a year due to construction on I-91.

Chairman of the Mohegan tribe said this delay allows his tribe to get shovels in the ground before they do. According to officials from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, the Connecticut tribes will be issuing their request for a satellite casino in northern Connecticut shortly.

One Connecticut resident told 22news that her loyalty will stay to the Connecticut casinos even if the closest casino to her is in Springfield. “I think it’s a bad idea to have it in Springfield, because you’ve got a lot of drug trafficking there,” said Margaret Slone.

However, one resident told 22news neither of those casinos will be making money off him. “Doesn’t affect me because I don’t gamble, I don’t care about it. I’ll probably go there and eat something, that’s it,” said Billy Melendez.

MGM’s casino construction timeline delay still needs to be approved by the state Gaming Commission.

MassDOT is awarding the contractor of their I-91 viaduct construction project up to $9 million extra for finishing the project before August of 2018.

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