The MGM Springfield is one casino that is possible to Massachusetts in the long run; it got a thumbs up from local voters this week
This week that is past lots of voting happening across Massachusetts, including two key votes on proposed casino projects in the state. The outcomes had been split, giving both casino proponents and their opponents something to crow about.
Hard Rock Hits the Skids
The bigger vote arrived in the city of West Springfield, where there was a proposal to build an $800 million Hard Rock casino. The casino was expected to be one of the competitors that are key the Western Massachusetts casino license.
But that project had been dealt exactly what could be a deadly blow on Tuesday, after the voters of western Springfield decided to reject the plan in a general public referendum. About 55% of voters there voted against the casino, with 4,165 coming out against 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 sole casino license in Western Massachusetts. During the brief moment, it seems that only two candidates have a chance at that license: an MGM project in Springfield, and a Mohegan Sun proposition that might be located in Palmer. The Palmer proposition still needs to be voted on by residents, while the MGM plan was approved by Springfi Read more “Massachusetts Swings Both real Ways with Casino Vote”