MGM Resorts International, Wednesday, is marking a milestone in its planned casino for western Massachusetts as it hoists the final steel beam of the nearly $1 billion resort casino and hotel complex in downtown Springfield.
Officials including MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, state gambling regulators and labor union representatives are expected to attend a ceremony marking the event.
The casino is expected to open in the fall of 2018 as what industry observers call Massachusetts’ first Las Vegas-style gambling destination.
Wynn Resorts is also is developing a nearly $2 billion Boston-area resort scheduled to open in 2019. The state’s current sole casino is Plainridge Park slots parlor in Plainville.
Meanwhile, Connecticut lawmakers continue to examine proposals that would create an Indian tribe-operated casino in the Hartford area to compete with MGM Springfield.