WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Not everyone in West Springfield is supportive of Hard Rock opening their headquarters on Tuesday.
An "Anti-Casino" group held a rally at 10 Tuesday morning on Memorial Ave. The purpose of their initiative was to tell citizens about the negative impact that they believe a casino will have on the community.
Pastor Chuck Wimer of the Jubilee Family Outreach Center told 22News, "With casino gambling, people getting hooked, we're gonna have to pick up that. I'm afraid people are going to take it further, children are gonna go without food."
"Another problem is that casinos take money away from small businesses in the area. People going to the casino are going to spend their money only at the casino, and then go home, and that's money that they might have spent buying a new refrigerator or buying a new car," said Nathan Bech, Spokesperson of the Anti-Casino group.
Bech also told 22news that the group believes a casino in West Springfield would bring new levels of crime, reduce property values, and create traffic congestion through the area.