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MGM Resorts scraps plans for casino in rural Brimfield

April 02, 2012 8:05 PM by Ray Poirier

While the Wynn-Kraft partners continue to focus on Foxborough as the site of a Massachusetts casino, MGM Resorts International (MGM) has scrapped its plans for a casino in rural Brimfield.

More Casino Industry ArticlesIn announcing its withdrawal from a partnership with the Rolling Hills Realty Trust, MGM’s Bill Hornbuckle issued a statement saying, "The unique nature of MGM’s plans for an all-inclusive world-class resort on the Brimfield site, and our growing understanding of the needed scope for its infrastructure, simply does not allow us to pursue the comprehensive MGM resort originally envisioned here."

The Brimfield site is adjacent to the Massachusetts Turnpike but has no direct access from the highway.

Some analysts believe the withdrawal will benefit Ameristar Casinos Inc. (ASCA) which has a site in Springfield.

Meanwhile, Bob Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots and owner of the site selected for a casino adjacent to Gillette Stadium, is involved in a dispute with the town of Foxborough over two billboards that sit on the company’s land.

 

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The possibility of the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas inched a bit closer to reality when owner Mark Davis not only pledged to move the Raiders to the city, but put $500 million into the proposed $1.4 billion domed stadium.

Since its opening six months ago, the Harrah’s Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center has nearly doubled its booked meetings and conventions through 2019 and expects to bring nearly 300,000 conference attendees to Atlantic City. 

More than four million people traveled through McCarran International Airport during March, a 5.5 percent increase over March a year ago. It was the airport’s best March total in eight years. 

​Clark County’s gaming win fell 3.59 percent to $796.69 million during March during the same period a year ago. But the rest of the state did not do any better as the statewide win for March was also 3.04 percent lower at $922.27 million.

Leaders of Connecticut’s two federally recognized Indian tribes have received preliminary assurances from federal officials that gambling agreements with the state would not be jeopardized by the proposed third casino they hope to open.

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