MGM Springfield opens in less than 3 weeks

Hampden County

If you’ve driven by the casino lately, you know the building is pretty much complete, and the website is already taking reservations.

MGM Springfield opens in less than three weeks. The casino still needs to hire and train 500 employees and put on the finishing touches.  

“We are definitely going to open on time,” said Michael Mathis, president, and CEO of MGM Springfield. “I’ve been watching these workers nonstop for the last year and I know they are just busting their behinds and I’m actually looking forward to it.”

22News spotted MGM placing its iconic Leo the Lion, in the center of the valet area, for all to see. Just one of the final touches before opening day.

“I can’t wait to go inside and check it out,” said Michael Buzzee of Chicopee.

Mathis said the building is bustling with people. Out of the 3000 employees MGM needs before its grand opening, they currently have 2500. All that’s left is hiring 500 more, training them, and the final details on aesthetics.

“We’re training in the spaces,” Mathis explained to 22News. “We’re putting on some final touches on paint. We’re moving furniture in. We’re putting on art on the walls, so really all those last little details, but we’re really in good shape.”

They’ve even started food tasting, which Mathis is excited for the community to try. And the restaurant app, Open Table, is now accepting reservations for the casino’s restaurants.

Mathis told 22News MGM has already booked hotel rooms well into 2019.

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