New CT casino proposal could create competition for MGM Springfield

22News obtained new documents on a proposal for a potential satellite casino in Connecticut

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MGM Springfield could have some competition in Connecticut once it opens in a couple of years.

Connecticut currently has two casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods. The Connecticut Tribes now want to build a third, “satellite” casino, to compete with MGM Springfield.

Newly released documents on the proposed casino  suggest it could be even bigger than MGM Springfield.

The initial proposal called for 200,000 square feet of gaming space at an old Bradley terminal.  MGM Springfield will have 120,000 square feet of gaming space.

The proposed casino was submitted to the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes last year. The proposal fell through in June, but the Connecticut Airport Authority said Windsor Locks is still a possible location.

If a casino was built in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, it would be less than 17-miles away from MGM Springfield.

In a statement, the Vice President of MGM said the proposal would be  bad for taxpayers, suggesting the new document show  the tribes are trying to avoid providing community benefits, infrastructure improvements, and labor protections to Windsor Locks.

In a new report, Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby said once MGM Springfield and Wynn Boston Harbor in Everett open, they’re expecting the state to take in about $300 million in annual gaming revenue.

He said the casinos will easily bring in between $75 to $100 million to the state every year, while the slots parlor in Plainville will continue to bring it about $80 million.

The state will receive 25% of the gross gaming revenue generated at MGM Springfield.

Massachusetts first casino, Plainridge Park, returned about $68 million in local aid during its first year in business. It also created about 500 jobs, and generated more than $80 million in tax revenue.

MGM Springfield is expected to open September of 2018.

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