Executives from MGM Springfield met with Springfield City Councilors Friday afternoon. Valet Parking, vaping and alcohol were all being discussed ahead of the Springfield casino’s August 24 opening.
Valet parking will be available for guests who have a hotel room booked or restaurant reservation.
Vaping is a concern for some moving forward. Although smoking cigarettes will not be allowed inside the casino, MGM Springfield wants to allow vaping indoors. But the city is against it because of public health issues.
Springfield City Councilor Michael Fenton said he wants a citywide ban on vaping in public spaces. Vaping is currently allowed in the city.
“Smoking is both a state a municipal issue,” he said. “There is no smoking of tobacco and similar products allowed inside the casino, and there are designated smoking areas which are outside and within the legal distance required from workspaces.”
Recently, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission ruled that alcohol can be served on the gaming floor until 4 a.m.
The City Council supports the Commission’s ruling, with Fenton telling 22News that it will help promote the casino as a regional destination.
MGM Springfield has scheduled its grand opening for August 24.