When MGM Resorts International opens its MGM on Aug. 24th, gamblers only will be able to drink alcohol until 4 a.m.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Thursday, in an apparent compromise decision, approved extending alcohol service to those actively gambling on the casino’s gaming floor. The remaining bars and restaurants on the 14-acre, nearly $1 billion complex would still have to stop serving liquor by the traditional 2 a.m. cutoff.
Although, the Springfield City Council approved the plan earlier this month, many area residents objected in written comments to gambling regulators, saying it would lead to more drunken driving and crime.
Additionally, the Massachusetts Restaurant Association said the plan would also put local bars and restaurants at a disadvantage. MGM officials countered that late night drinking is an expected part of the casino experience.