West Side’s no vote took the Big E by surprise,”Our goal was to give it to the townspeople to vote on and let them have their say , I am extraordinarily disappointed no question,” says Gene Cassidy, President and CEO of the Eastern States.
When Hard Rock publicly teamed up with the Big E last January Cassidy felt the Big E could be threatened by the magnitude of MGM’s casino proposal across the river in Springfield.
Cassidy says the Big E will now have to go it alone without its Hard Rock partner,”I’m going to have to become a great big fundraiser for the Eastern States and that’s the alternative for us,” says Cassidy.
Cassidy also hopes Springfield doesn’t forget its neighbor to the West,”I hope that this has come to fruition that some folks from the city of Springfield do some outreach to West Side , some outreach to the Eastern States, because up to this point there hasn’t been any,” says Cassidy.
Now that the Hard Rock casino proposal is off the table in West Springfield, all eyes at the Big E turn to New England’s great state fair which begins this Friday.