MGM Springfield will officially open its doors at the end of the week, but 22News got an early look inside on Monday.
After years of construction, Springfield residents said they’re glad the wait for MGM Springfield to make its debut is almost over.
With just a few days until the grand opening, MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis said the casino is “uniquely Springfield” with books from the city’s library stacking the hotel’s shelves and Dr.Seuss shown inside of the bank of elevators.
One Springfield resident said she can’t wait to see how the casino pays tribute to the city.
“We were just talking about it on the way over here,” said Migleris Avila. “I think that it looks really nice. I know they said there will be a couple of things in there representing the city, so I’m excited.”
With 125,000 square-foot gaming floor, a hotel, several restaurants and a bowling alley, there’s plenty of space for MGM Springfield to pay tribute to the city it calls home.
When Springfield natives come to the casino for the first time, they can also expect to see some familiar faces, many of the employees are from the city themselves.
“It brought good job opportunities, and hopefully, it brings greatness to Springfield,” said Carlos Cuba of Springfield. “My boy is a chef, my aunt she works the tables. I’ve got a few friends there, and they like it.”
General Manager of MGM Springfield Alex Dixon told 22News 35 percent of the casino’s employees are from Springfield.
The public will officially get their first look inside Friday at 11 a.m.