GM officially kicked off its opening weekend with an event meant to thank and honor Springfield and those involved in the project, but with more than a touch of Las Vegas flair.
The press conference, a day ahead of the resort casino’s official opening tomorrow, was opened by a Blue Man Group performance and closed with one from the Jabbawockeez, a dance group that performs at the MGM Grand.
The casino will open its doors tomorrow, nearly seven years after the expanded gaming act was signed into law. MGM’s facility includes more than 2,500 slot machines, over 100 gaming tables, as well as other gaming tables and rooms.
The building was designed, the company said, to fit in with Springfield, rather than the all-out glitz typical of most Las Vegas casinos.
The nearly $1 billion development has been under construction for more than three years, and is located on part of the city that was scarred by a tornado.
“Our opening is the culmination of years of dedication by many people, it is the result of literally millions of hours,” said Mike Mathis, president of MGM Springfield. “It has always been our goal to honor, reflect and inspire the spirit of Springfield.”
Governor Charlie Baker, an early supporter of the Springfield casino, said the project will have a significant economic impact on the city.
"This is a big day," Baker said. "But, I have no doubt there are going to be many big days associated with the impact that this enterprise and this project is going to have on this city and this region."