Parking in downtown Springfield can sometimes be a headache. But parking on MGM Springfield’s grand opening could prove to be tricky. That’s why the casino giant and city officials have developed a plan.
Everything you need to know: MGM Springfield: How to get there, where to park
“And we have a great plan,” said MGM Springfield’s General Manager Alex Dixon. “There will be traffic, as we open our doors, but we are doing our best to make sure we mitigate, that. We talk to our neighbors. We talk to the local business community and we coordinated with others in the area.”
Starting Friday at 6 a.m., players can park for free at the Big E in West Springfield, and take an express shuttle to Court Street.
MGM employees and construction workers will march in a parade down Main Street Friday starting at 10:30 a.m., resulting in several street closures and the loss of street parking. Department of Public Works Director Chris Cignoli told 22News the closures are necessary.
“We know how the facility is built. We know where the doors are,” Cignoli said. “We know where the entrances are. So we wanted to get an idea of, you know, what your grand plan to open the facility that day? And that’s what we really started to respond to.”
Cignoli said more than 20,000 cars travel on State and Main Streets, on any given day. And with MGM’s grand opening, they’re expecting an additional 7500 more cars, to be in the downtown area.
Main Street will be closed from Court to Union.
State Street from MGM Way to Dwight Street.
And Main Street will be closed from Union Street to East Columbus Ave. until the crowds disperse.
If you’re brave enough to drive downtown, MGM and area garages will be open, but they could fill up fast.
Your best bet is that you park at the Big E, and take the shuttle to the casino on opening day.