SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield voters have said "Yes" to MGM's proposed casino in Springfield's South End; voting to allow the project to move forward.
MGM made a little bit of history Tuesday night, becoming the first gaming company in western Massachusetts to pass a referendum.
Springfield voters said "Yes." "I guess that means we won."
MGM was very confident it would win, but the margin of victory was almost as important. The unofficial numbers show 58 percent said "Yes," 42 percent said "No;" 13,973 of voters said "Yes" while 10,260 voted "No."
Check out the video above to hear what the President of MGM Springfield and the Mayor of Springfield had to say.
According to MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle, "We're ecstatic; in any other political election it is a landslide. The people of Springfield have come out, they've spoken. They've spoke in favor of a great project."
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno told 22News the strength of this victory reaffirmed his decision to pick MGM. "You have to remember; at one point in time there were six entities that wanted to be in the city of Springfield; one over the bridge that wanted to be here. What happened was the more competition the ante went up."
MGM has passed the Springfield Test, now it's going to be another 9 months before they find out if the Massachusetts Gaming Commission gives them the green light.
MGM Springfield's Kelley Tucky said, "Now we begin to set our sights on Boston." And working with the surrounding communities and helping them know how our project will positively impact them as well.
MGM will likely compete for the sole western Massachusetts casino license against Hard Rock in West Springfield and Mohegan Sun in Palmer.