Gaming Commission to take tour of MGM Springfield site

Commission will also hold meeting Thursday at MassMutual Center

BOSTON (State House News Service) – The Gaming Commission will get a close-up look at the MGM resort casino under construction in Springfield on Thursday, when the commission heads west to hold a public meeting in the city.

Before a commission meeting at the MassMutual Center, MGM Springfield officials will lead commissioners and Gaming Commission staff on a tour of the 14-acre, three-block site of the planned casino. MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis, Vice President and General Counsel Seth Stratton, and Vice President of Development and Construction Brian Packer will provide a status update and brief the commission on upcoming construction activity at the site.

The first company to receive a casino license in Massachusetts, MGM Springfield is in the process of building its $950 million casino and hotel complex in downtown Springfield. The tour, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, will step off from MGM Way, the planned location of a food market, and proceed through the heart of the construction site. The tour will conclude at the new site of the relocated First Spiritualist Church, a historic high Victorian Gothic church that MGM Springfield moved this year about 600 feet from its original location to spare it from demolition or construction damage.

Following the tour, the Gaming Commission will convene a regular business meeting at the MassMutual Center, with an agenda that includes a quarterly report from MGM Springfield and a discussion of online gaming. MGM Springfield is expected to open its door to players in September 2018.