The much-anticipated opening of MGM casino in the South End of Springfield will happen late this summer.
The casino company announced early Thursday morning that their official opening date will be August 24.
The opening is a little earlier than expected, something MGM Springfield General Manager Alex Dixon attributed to good work on the part of construction crews, as well as fairly favorable winter weather over the past two years.
“It’s an amazing opportunity, and we can’t wait to open our doors later this summer,” Dixon said.
Construction on the $960 million resort began in 2015, after Springfield voters gave their approval to the project in a 2014 referendum.
The casino will feature a 125,000 square-foot gaming floor with more than 2,500 slot machines and 120 gaming tables, a 120-room hotel, multiple restaurants and shops, and indoor golfing facility, among other attractions.
MGM Springfield provided the following summary of their attractions and features:
- Accommodations – The boutique-style five-story hotel will feature 250 eclectic guestrooms inspired by the historic significance, iconic architecture and literary legacy of its urban surroundings. Each space is punctuated by details such as quotations from the works of Emily Dickinson and whimsical Merriam-Webster-inspired works of art.
- Dining Experiences – MGM Springfield will offer an array of new-to-market food and beverage spots, including Cal Mare by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina; fine steaks and seafood at The Chandler Steak House with Hell’s Kitchen season 14 winner Meghan Gill serving as executive chef; MGM’s signature TAP Sports Bar; and the bustling South End Market off Main Street.
- Entertainment – The 8,000-seat MassMutual Center is MGM Springfield’s official entertainment venue, serving as the home for large-scale conventions and events. As one of the world’s leading presenters of live entertainment, MGM Resorts will leverage its pipeline of global relationships to attract first-rate events, reinforcing the city’s reputation as the region’s premier entertainment hub. MGM Springfield also will partner with other local venues, such as Symphony Hall, for live events.
- Enjoyment for all – Guests can tee up at MGM Springfield’sTopgolf® Swing Suite, a new social gathering spot featuring high-tech immersive golf simulators and a lively lounge with delicious food and beverage offerings. The resort also will feature an eight-screen movie theater complex; 10-lane bowling center; serene spa; and an 8,000-square-foot pool situated within a terraced rooftop garden.
- Retail – The resort’s retail lineup will animate the property’s street level, creating a vibrant interface with Springfield’s revitalized downtown experience. Announced retailers include the first-ever apparel boutique from Indian Motorcycle – the Springfield-born pioneer of the American Motorcycle industry – and regionally beloved Kringle Candle.
- Open-Air Plaza – Inspired by the classic New England town common, MGM Springfield will create a lively outdoor plaza and thriving public space, with the iconic Revolutionary-War-era Springfield Armory at its center. The historic United States arsenal will offer a remarkable backdrop for the open-air marketplace, which will feature live events, local artisans, farmers markets and seasonal programming including an outdoor ice rink. The plaza will become the anchor for the neighborhood’s pedestrian crowd, encouraging guests to explore the many local businesses and attractions nearby.
- Art – Woven through all elements of the resort, a public fine art program inspired by the industrial ethos of Springfield will feature a captivating collection of commissioned and hand-selected pieces by international and local artists from Springfield, the greater Berkshires, New England and beyond. The property also will feature an exclusive exhibit, “Cabinet of Curiosities: Springfield Innovations from the Springfield Museums,” curated in partnership with the Springfield Museums to showcase turn-of-the-century objects throughout the resort, such as a 1925 Edison Western Union Stock Ticker, a 1915 Springfield-made Telegraphone and an 1895 Edison Home Phonograph.
- Meetings & Events – In addition to large-scale convention capabilities at MassMutual Center, MGM Springfield will offer approximately 42,500 square feet of space to accommodate meetings and events ranging from business to social gatherings.
- Casino – An expansive 125,000-square-foot gaming floor will feature approximately 2,550 slot machines, 120 gaming tables, a poker room and high-limit VIP gaming area for a variety of experiences.
MGM’s opening announcement comes just one day after Wynn Resorts’ CEO dismissed speculation that MGM was interested in purchasing Wynn’s planned resort in the Boston-area city of Everett. Under state law, MGM would have been required to sell-off their Springfield property if they were to have purchased the Everett resort.