Gaming Commission Begins Final Deliberations On Proposed Springfield Casino.

With a decision looming this week, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Tuesday began holding its final deliberations on MGM’s proposed $800 million casino project for Springfield.

During this weeks meeting, each of the five commission members present reports and answers questions from each other about MGM’s application based on five key criteria. Three of those criteria – Site and Building Design, Finance and Mitigation – were addressed Tuesday, and the findings ranged from sufficient to very good with some outstanding elements. Michael Mathis, president of MGM-Springfield, says he’s pleased by the initial reviews.

“We continue to feel really good about our project and the way we’ve presented it to the commission. We’ve worked hard and have improved it over time, and it’s great to see that reflected in the commissioners’ recommendations,” he says.

Evaluation presentations on economic development and project overview continue in Springfield Wednesday. And the commission is expected to announce its decision Friday on whether to award MGM the sole casino license for western Massachusetts.