MGM promises to 'revitalize' Springfield with casino

Jan 27, 2014 7:08 PM

In making their pitch to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for a casino license to be located in the City of Springfield, the top brass of MGM Resorts International (MGM) promised to “revitalize” the city.

Speaking for MGM, Bill Hornbuckle said revitalizing Springfield was the key component to the company’s plans.

“If we don’t bring Springfield back,” he said, “we’ve wasted a great deal of time and energy and $800 million trying.”

MGM Chairman and CEO Jim Murren emphasized a marketing plan that will bring entertainment to the MassMutual Center, Symphony Hall and CityStage. “Our venues are Springfield’s venues,” he added.

The company promised a minimum of 2,000 construction jobs and at least 3,000 casino jobs when the facility opens.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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