SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Hard Rock casino did not submit a casino proposal to Springfield by Thursday's 2 p.m. deadline.
MGM, Ameristar and Penn National Gaming did submit plans for a casino and a $50,000 application fee.
Below is the statement from Hard Rock International about why they did not submit a proposal to Springfield.
"Hard Rock International remains interested in potential casino and entertainment developments in Massachusetts. Due to various project-related obstacles relative to the timing of the City of Springfield's two-phase Request for Qualifications / Request for Proposals process, we have chosen not to submit a proposal. However, we are very appreciative of the work the City and their administration have put forth and the warm welcome extended to us during our explorations in Springfield."
Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby told 22News, they have encouraged casinos have expressed interest in building in Massachusetts to also consider building a casino in Eastern Massachusetts.
Currently, there is only one casino developer that has expressed interested in building in Eastern Massachusetts, Suffolk Downs Casino.