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 past week saw plenty of voting occurring 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 town of West Springfield, where there was a proposal to build an $800 million rough Rock casino. The casino was likely to be one of the key competitors for the Western Massachusetts casino license.
But that task was dealt exactly what could possibly be a fatal blow on Tuesday, after the voters of West 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 away contrary to the project versus just 3,413 for this. The loss came as a surprise to many, as the campaign saw supporters of the casino opponents that are drastically outspend.
That rejection narrows the competition for the casino that is sole in Western Massachusetts. During the brief moment, it appears that only two applicants have a chance at that license: an MGM project in Springfield, and a Mohegan Sun proposal that might be located in Palmer. The Palmer proposal nevertheless needs to be voted on by residents, while the MGM plan was approved by Springfield v