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MGM Casino Considered Key Element Of Springfield's Rebirth

MGM Casino Considered Key Element Of Springfield's Rebirth

SPRINGFIELD — In 2011, a tornado crossed the Connecticut River into Springfield, cutting a swath of damage through one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city.

Today, the 14-acre area just south of downtown is considered the cornerstone of rebirth for this struggling city of 154,000, the site of a glitzy, $950 million MGM casino and entertainment complex. Set to open in the fall of 2018, the casino won't be a traditional, enclosed venue, but will instead feature outdoor spaces and attractions designed for those who don't gamble.

MGM will incorporate the nearby MassMutual Center, Symphony Hall and other existing venues into its plan, agreeing to underwrite multiple events...

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