The MGM Springfield is one casino that is possible to Massachusetts in the near future; it got a thumbs up from local voters this week
This previous week saw lots of voting happening across Massachusetts, including two key votes on proposed casino tasks into the state. The results had been split, giving both casino proponents and their opponents something to crow about.
Hard Rock Hits the Skids
The larger vote came in the city of West Springfield, where there had been a proposition to build an $800 million tough Rock casino. The casino was expected to be among the key competitors for the Western Massachusetts casino license.
But that task ended up being dealt exactly what might be a fatal blow on Tuesday, after the voters of West Springfield decided to reject the plan in a public referendum. About 55% of voters there voted against the casino, with 4,165 coming away against the project versus just 3,413 for it. The loss came as a surprise to many, as the campaign saw supporters associated with casino opponents that are drastically outspend.
That rejection narrows the competition for the casino that is sole in Western Massachusetts. At the brief moment, it appears that only two applicants have a chance at that permit: an MGM project in Springfield, and a Mohegan Sun proposition that might be located in Palmer. The Palmer proposal still needs to be voted on by residents, while the MGM plan was approved by Springfield vo […]