by Sarah J.F. Braley | April 26, 2018
The first casino resort in Western Massachusetts, the 250-room MGM Springfield will debut this Aug. 24. Aside from a 125,000-square-foot gaming floor with about 2,550 slot machines, 120 gaming tables, a poker room and high-limit VIP gaming area, the property will offer 42,500 square feet of event space.
"A testament to a decade of collaboration between the city of Springfield and MGM Resorts, MGM Springfield will pay tribute to the city's legacy and celebrate its bright future, while introducing a stellar array of hospitality and entertainment experiences that will attract guests from New England and beyond," said Michael Mathis, president of the new casino resort. "We are incredibly proud to debut what we believe will become the region's premier entertainment destination and play a role in an exciting renaissance for Springfield."
 
MGM Springfield has been built into the fabric of the city, revitalizing the city's south end, where a tornado wreaked havoc in 2011, and integrating some old structures into the new design. The guest-room décor touches on the history of the region, featuring details such as quotations from the works of Emily Dickinson and Merriam-Webster-inspired works of art.
 
Eateries will include 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 bustling South End Market off Main Street.
 
The 8,000-seat MassMutual Center, this city's long-time convention facility, will be MGM Springfield's official entertainment and conference venue. The property 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 in a terraced garden.
 
Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno welcomes the casino resort with open arms: "I look forward to working with MGM Springfield for many years to come," he said. "They're a world-class company and an outstanding corporate citizen. I deeply appreciate their belief and investment in our Springfield."