It’s been a very active and exciting time to watch New England’s casino landscape evolve to nine casinos. 2019 had some of the best highs, such as new openings, competition, and an explosion of entertainment and promotions. We also had some of the lowest lows such as revenue declines and lawsuits. I have whittled it down to six main stories in 2019. Here is New England Casinos Looking Back at 2019 overview.
MGM Springfield Casino Hotel
After a year of patrons asking for a lounge for high-level players, MGM Springfield finally added one. The space once partially occupied by Starbucks, was turned into the new MGM Springfield Casino VIP Lounge for Mlife Rewards players.
It has been almost seven months since the first full casino opened in Massachusetts as part of the Massachusetts Expanded Gaming Act signed into law in 2012. MGM Springfield Resort Casino has had its share of growing pains while giving the city of Springfield hope and confidence in its future, something the city has not had for decades. For myself, it has been an enjoyable past time to watch the second Massachusetts casino since it opened in August of 2018. I consider it a bewildering property on New England’s casino landscape. Let’s look at how they got here.
First and foremost is congratulations to MGM for bringing a resort destination to Springfield. The first weekend estimated 150,000 people passed through the property doors. The opening day festivities were a tribute to a long awaited addition to Springfield and New England. And now, our MGM Springfield Casino Review and Trip Report.