SPRINGFIELD — MGM Resorts International received the full blessing of Massachusetts gambling regulators Friday to build and operate an $800 million casino in the city's downtown.
An opening is planned for 2017 after about 30 months of construction.
Plans call for a 25-story hotel with 250 rooms, a spa, a pool and a roof deck, 3,000 slot machines, 75 gaming tables, a poker room, a VIP gambling area, 15 shops and restaurants, a parking garage, an eight-screen cinema, a bowling alley and an outdoor stage.
MGM won't actually be awarded the license until after the state's Supreme Judicial Court rules on a petition to repeal the state's 2011 law allowing casinos. If...