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MGM Springfield’s Plan for City’s Entertainment Venues

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The proposed MGM Casino could mean changes for entertainment in the city.

In recent years big name talent has been limited in the area because of embargoes set by casinos in Connecticut and other large venues around New England.

MGM Springfield’s President Bill Hornbuckle says a future development in downtown would compete for big name talent.

According to Hornbuckle MGM Resorts International has agreements with Clear Channel and Live Nation Entertainment giving them access to a wide range of artists.

“We would take Live Nation and that relationship and say why don’t you come to Las Vegas appear at MGM and along the way go to MGM Springfield at MassMutual,” said Hornbuckle.

MGM’s plan, which was released Wednesday morning, does not include an indoor entertainment area. Instead, they’re hoping to partner with local venues like the MassMutual Center.

“We can drive that, we would put into the event center, we could come a long way in helping that bottom line,” said Hornbuckle.

MGM’s plan also includes a possible pedestrian bridge from the MassMutual Center to the casino site.

James Rooney, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority released a statement saying:

“Like everyone in Springfield, we’re here to listen and learn while supporting Mayor Sarno’s decision and Springfield’s role as a casino destination. What impact this or any other plan could have on operations at the MassMutual Center remains to be seen.”

City Stage and Symphony Hall are also possible entertainment partners.

Tina D’Agostino president of the non-profit that runs the two locations says they’ve met with representative from MGM, but there are no specific details.

“If there is a possibility a casino will end up here in Springfield it’s refreshing to know that we would have a casino operator willing to work with us rather than becoming a direct competitor,” said D’Agostino.

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