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August 22, 2012

MGM unveiled its plan today for $800 million casino in Springfield, Massachusetts and filed a $400 million application fee with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.  MGM is the third company to apply for a state casino license under the Massachusetts gambling law signed last Nov 22, 2011.  Plainridge Racecourse submitted the first application Aug 10 for a slots parlor in the southeastern region.  That was followed the next day by Suffolk Downs with an application for a casino in East Boston.

MGM's application is the first for a casino in western Massachusetts.  Only one license will be issued in that region.  The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut are a contender for that license.  The tribe hopes to build a casino resort in Palmer, Massachusetts similar to their Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

Other companies that may vie for a Springfield casino include:

  • Ameristar Casinos, which owns Westinghouse's former industrial site off Interstate 91.
     
  • Hard Rock International of Orlando, Florida, which is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
     
  • Penn National Gaming, which may become an applicant for Springfield according to the Associated Press.

For details about the MGM proposal, see our MGM Springfield Casino page.

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