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Tue December 24, 2013

MGM Clears State Background Check In Bid To Build Springfield Casino

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:17 pm

           A major development today in efforts to build a resort casino in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts

   The Massachusetts Gaming Commssion, following a lengthy background investigation, and a public hearing earlier this month has determined that MGM Resorts is suitable to hold a casino license in Massachusetts. It clears the company to file a final application by the December 31st deadline for  an  $800 million casino project in Springfield.  The city’s chief development officer Kevin Kennedy said the casino could be licensed by May.

    " I had a brief conversation with the mayor earlier. He is very very pleased, as are all of us who have worked very hard on this. We have overcome another hurdle in the process."

   MGM is only the company competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.

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