InFocus: A look back at MGM Springfield’s first year


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – August 24th will mark the one year anniversary of the opening of the MGM Springfield Casino.

The $960 million project wasn’t without its controversies. Many residents in Springfield, especially those living and working in downtown, were concerned about the possibility of an increase in crime, noise, and traffic.

Several adjacent communities also signed host community agreements with MGM Springfield.

Today on 22News InFocus take a look at the impact of the casino over the past year. The guests were Michael Mathis, President and COO of MGM Springfield, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, and Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.

Also joined in the conversation were West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt and Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos, who looked at the impact the casino has had on their cities.

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