by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 02, 2018
Massachusetts' first casino resort, the 252-room MGM Springfield, will open Aug. 24, and reservations are now being accepted. "August 24 will be a very special day when we finally open our doors and welcome everyone to enjoy the incredible experiences we've been planning," said Alex Dixon, general manager of the property. "We've worked hard to curate a spectacular destination and build a hospitality team of 3,000 industry professionals to deliver unrivaled service."
The resort's hotel incorporates elements of Springfield's history, including the facade of the original United Electric Light Co. from 1911, as well as reclaimed-wood tables in the Garden and Spa suites made from trees cut from Bliss Street, which the property took over. A chandelier in the Presidential Suite is made of whimsical vintage hats inspired by Theodor Geisel, who was born in the city and wrote under the name Dr. Seuss.
The casino will offer a 125,000-square-foot gaming floor with about 2,550 slot machines, 120 gaming tables, a poker room and a high-limit VIP gaming area. Diners will be able to choose from Cal Mare by chef Michael Mina, a James Beard Award winner; fine steaks and seafood at the Chandler Steak House, with "Hell's Kitchen" season 14 winner Meghan Gill serving as executive chef; MGM's signature TAP Sports Bar, and the  South End Market off Main Street.
The 8,000-seat MassMutual Center, the city's long-time convention facility, will serve as MGM Springfield's official entertainment and conference venue. The MGM also will partner with other local venues such as Symphony Hall for live events. An open-air plaza, reminiscent of the classic New England town common, will feature the Revolutionary War-era Springfield Armory at the center. The space will be used for an open-air marketplace with live events, local artisans, farmers markets and seasonal programming, including an outdoor ice rink.
Among other property amenities will be a Topgolf Swing Suite with high-tech immersive golf simulators and a lounge; an eight-screen movie theater; a 10-lane bowling center; a spa, and an 8,000-square-foot rooftop pool deck in a terraced garden.