MGM Resorts International today hosted the groundbreaking of MGM Springfield, an approximately $800 million casino resort slated to open in fall 2017 in Downtown Springfield. The event marked the start of the construction phase of this unique urban mixed-use development, the Commonwealth’s first destination casino resort.
Hundreds of people were in attendance at the groundbreaking celebration, emceed by Kathy Tobin, former local news anchor and current Director of Program Development at Friends of the Homeless. With the Zanetti School – severely damaged by the June 2011 tornado that tore through Springfield’s South End – as a backdrop, speakers highlighted the history of Springfield, the rebirth of the South End neighborhood, and the energy and optimism that is filling the region.
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