- Construction in overdrive thanks to 2,000 local workers
- Officials say project on course to open in September as planned
MGM’s Springfield land-based casino could be open for business as soon as next month, reports Mass Live. The newest casino in Massachusetts will open its doors in September as planned, MGM officials have told reporters.
At present, the site is a hive of construction activity with thousands of contractors pushing to get the building ready for its grand opening. When complete, the $950 million casino resort will include a six-storey hotel, rental apartments, and a wide variety of gaming and entertainment venues.
Details of newest MGM casino released
According to MGM’s website, the new casino will cover 850,000 square feet and will be split across three blocks, forming an entertainment complex that the company calls an “inside-out urban casino resort”.
The license for the venue allows 3000 slot machines and 100 game tables to be included on the main floor, along with a separate poker room and VIP and high roller facility. There will also be a spa and a food court, 270 luxury hotel rooms and suites, and a state of the art business and conferencing center.
Construction continues as MGM boosts local jobs
The site is currently in the midst of major development, with the basic structure now laid but the interior and exterior still to complete. If MGM are to meet their opening date target of September, workers will need to keep to the tight schedule which has worked well for them so far.
The 2000 construction jobs created by the project are one of the reasons MGM’s proposal for the site was accepted; the company has pledged to create a further 3000 full time positions, and guaranteed that 90% of those jobs would go to workers within state borders.
The casino operator has joined the ‘Boots to Business’ scheme which aims to get veterans into work. MGM has also guaranteed that supplier contracts will be given to local businesses, and the casino has pledged to work with the local churches, support groups and the Public Health Trust Fund to ensure that gambling takes place in a responsible manner.
MGM has also reported to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that it is exceeding targets for diversity hiring in relation to women, minority groups and veterans.
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