The announcement of MGM Springfield’s earlier-than-expected opening came as a welcome surprise to Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby.
Crosby told 22News that delays are more of the norm for a construction project of this magnitude.
“You always wonder ‘Are you going to meet your deadline?'” Crosby explained. “This is an incredibly complicated process. It’s almost a billion dollars. There’s all kinds of variables you always worry about happening.”
General Manager Alex Dixon told 22News the progress has been most visible with the exterior of the building.
“We’re now looking towards the interiors,” Dixons said. “Those small little details, to make sure that whenever someone comes into our facility, they’re able to see things that really help to differentiate our property from many of those in the surrounding community.”
Karikate Murren, MGM’s Vice President of Human Resources, said all 3,000 employees will be on the job by August 24. “We really are encouraging those who are interested in being cooks to really get into the application system,” she said. “We are still looking for a ton of dealers, especially if they’re in the city of Springfield.”
The Gaming Commission received a glowing report from Springfield’s Chief Development Officer, Kevin Kennedy. Kennedy told the commission that economic investment in the city can be tied directly to the soon-to-be-opened casino.
He said the decision to locate Chinese rail-car manufacturer CRRC here, as well as the re-birth of Union Station, are part of a more than $4 billion spinoff from MGM Springfield.