by Sarah J.F. Braley | March 25, 2015
An official groundbreaking was held yesterday for the $800 million MGM Springfield casino resort, set to open in the fall of 2017. Clearing of the land for the property began in November 2014, after voting on Election Day upheld the state's decision to allow gambling and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission gave the first casino-resort license to the MGM project. The resort, which will help revitalize a section of town hit hard by a tornado in 2011, will include a 250-room hotel with a spa, a pool and a roof deck; 125,000 square feet of gaming space; about 55,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 45,000 square feet of meeting space. Also in the plans are an eight-screen movie theater, a bowling alley and an outdoor stage.