MGM Springfield, New England’s first integrated luxury resort, officially opened its doors on Friday, August 24, 2018. Prior to the opening, thousands of visitors lined Main Street to enjoy a celebratory procession featuring hundreds of MGM Springfield employees, Cirque du Soleil performers, The Minutemen UMASS Marching Band, Indian Motorcycles, community partners and the Budweiser Clydesdales.
On Thursday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, U.S. Congressman Richard Neal, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby and other local officials joined MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren and MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis to commemorate the occasion and celebrate the 3,000 jobs created with the resort’s opening.
Governor Charlie Baker said, “Our Administration is excited to officially welcome MGM to Springfield and we look forward to the new economic and job opportunities this project will help bring throughout the region. This project is a major investment in the workforce and economy of Western Massachusetts and also will provide support to several important partnerships between education centers and community organizations.”
According to MGM, the resort combines the excitement and energy of Las Vegas with the rich historical context of Springfield, a city steeped in innovation and the arts.
“With a 375-year legacy as a major crossroads of New England, Springfield is poised to join the likes of such hidden gems with the development of MGM Springfield leading a fresh wave of rediscovery in The City of Firsts,” said Murren.
Covering three city blocks in downtown Springfield, the resort pays tribute to notable locals Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Emily Dickinson and offers restaurants by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina and Adam Sobel, and Hell’s Kitchen Season 14 winner Meghan Gill. It also features innovative lounges; a seven-screen luxury Regal Cinemas; 10-lane bowling alley within TAP Sports Bar; a Topgolf® Swing Suite; a serene spa; an expansive public art collection; A-list entertainment; and an open-air plaza activated daily with live music, pop-up-art galleries, food trucks and events.
Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said, “I applaud MGC staff for their steadfast commitment to the successful implementation of our strong gaming law and the persistent and collaborative focus on maximum job creation and economic development while also taking a proactive approach to the minimization of unintended consequences.”
Mayor Domenic Sarno said, “I am proud and thankful of MGM’s nearly $1 billion belief, investment and partnership with our city. Here’s to continued success!”
Executive Director Francois Nivaud, Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT), called MGM Springfield “a welcome addition to the vibrant tourism and hospitality amenities that make Western Massachusetts such an attractive destination to visitors from around the world. MGM has created unique partnerships with our local tourism industry and with small businesses so that the whole region can benefit. We look forward to welcoming new audiences from around the world to experience Massachusetts.”
In an op-ed column on MassLive, Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau President Mary Kay Wydra said the new MGM facility “will tremendously strengthen the appeal of Western Mass as a visitor destination. We already offer our guests outstanding value, access and one-of-a-kind attractions, and MGM Springfield will expand those offerings and recognition in a dramatic fashion.”