The MGM Springfield is one possible casino coming to Massachusetts in the near future; it got a thumbs up from local voters this week
This week that is past a great amount of voting taking place across Massachusetts, including two key votes on proposed casino projects within the state. The results had been split, giving both casino proponents and their opponents something to crow about.
Hard Rock Hits the Skids
The bigger vote arrived in town of West Springfield, where there was a proposal to build an $800 million tricky Rock casino. The casino had been likely to be one of the key rivals for the Western Massachusetts casino license.
But that task ended up being dealt just what could be a fatal blow on Tuesday, after the voters of western Springfield decided to reject the plan in a referendum that is public. About 55% of voters there voted against the casino, with 4,165 coming down up against the project versus just 3,413 for it. The loss came as a surprise to many, because the campaign saw supporters associated with casino drastically outspend opponents.
That rejection narrows the competition for the sole casino license in Western Massachusetts. At the moment, it would appear that only two candidates have a chance at that license: an MGM project in Springfield, and a Mohegan Sun proposal that could be located in Palmer. The Palmer proposal still needs to be voted on by residents, while the MGM plan was approved by S Continue reading