by Sarah JF Braley | July 12, 2018
Two ballrooms named for other properties in the MGM Resorts International family will anchor the 34,000 square feet of meeting space at the MGM Springfield, Massachusetts' first casino resort, which opens Aug. 24.
"In designing MGM Springfield, we had a mission to create a luxury meetings experience that would be unique, not only to Springfield, but to the entire region," said Michael Dominguez, MGM Resorts International's chief sales officer. "We've taken best practices from MGM Resorts' properties around the world and introduced them here, with a focus on delivering spaces that inspire collaboration, interaction and productivity."

Among the spaces are the 10,600-square-foot Aria Ballroom, the 5,600-square-foot Bellagio Ballroom, the 1,000-square-foot Borgata meeting room and the 1,000-square-foot Beau Rivage boardroom; adjacent to the conference center will be a 6,200-square-foot outdoor terrace that will pour natural light on the prefunction areas. The Terrace will overlook Armory Square, the city's iconic 19th-century U.S. National Guard Armory that is now part of the resort. For larger groups, the nearby MassMutual Center, the city's convention center that now will be operated by MGM Springfield, offers 100,000 square feet of additional event space.
 
Other amenities at the resort that will be available for private events include the pool deck; dining outlets such as Cal Mare from chefs Michael Mina and Adam Sobel, the Chandler Steakhouse and the TAP Sports Bar, including its 10-lane bowling alley and arcade; the Regal Cinemas complex, and the Topgolf Swing Suite.
 
The 250-room hotel at MGM Springfield will feature eclectic design details, including factory-style paned glass and Edison bulb fixtures, as well as references to the area's best-known residents, such as Dr. Seuss and Emily Dickinson. An open-air plaza has been created to resemble a classic New England town common, highlighted by the Armory.