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MGM, Penn National Meet City Deadline, File Phase II Paperwork


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Two companies vying for a possible casino in Springfield have brought their final plans to the city for their consideration.

Thursday morning, both MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming beat the 2:00 p.m. deadline and delivered their Phase II paperwork to the city’s redevelopment authority.

The documentation filed in this step of process is more in-depth compared to their Phase I paperwork file last month, and includes more detailed information on the projects, the company as a whole, and the possible economic impact to the city, region, and state.

Representatives from MGM hand-delivered their 700 pages paperwork in 18 large boxes to City Hall, while Penn National had theirs delivered by courier in five boxes.

Michael Mathis, MGM Vice President of Global Gaming Development, says its filing is the result of a long and detailed process.

“We’ve spent some really late nights putting this together and it felt like we were cramming for an exam, the only difference we had the benefit of 62,000 employees and the resources of a world-class company,” says Mathis.

Eric Schippers, Penn National Vice President of Public Affairs says the company did its homework in preparing the application.

“I think what’s important now is for substance to speak over the style, there’s been a lot of lasers and light shows on both sides, there’s been a lot of PR involved, now we get down to the substance,” says Schippers.

The city will review the applications and Mayor Sarno is scheduled to decide by January 25th whether to negotiate a host community agreement with one or both companies.

MGM is proposing to build an $800-million casino in the city’s South End.

Penn National Gaming has its sights set on the North End for an $800-million casino.





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