Expanding its presence on the East Coast, MGM Resorts International announced it will open the doors to MGM Springfield, New England’s first integrated resort and entertainment destination, on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.

“A testament to a decade of collaboration between the City of Springfield and MGM Resorts, MGM Springfield will pay tribute to the city’s legacy and celebrate its bright future, while introducing a stellar array of hospitality and entertainment experiences that will attract guests from New England and beyond,” said Michael Mathis, president of MGM Springfield. “We are incredibly proud to debut what we believe will become the region’s premier entertainment destination and play a role in an exciting renaissance for Springfield.”

MGM Springfield will commemorate the city’s history through the preservation and reimagination of its most storied buildings.

The five-story hotel will feature 250 guest rooms inspired by the historic significance, iconic architecture and literary legacy of its urban surroundings.

Each space is punctuated by details such as quotations from the works of Emily Dickinson and whimsical Merriam-Webster-inspired works of art.

The 8,000-seat MassMutual Center is MGM Springfield’s official entertainment venue, serving as the home for large-scale conventions and events. MGM Resorts will leverage its pipeline of global relationships to attract first-rate events, reinforcing the city’s reputation as the region’s premier entertainment hub.

The resort also will partner with other local venues, such as Symphony Hall, for live events.

In addition to large-scale convention capabilities at MassMutual Center, MGM Springfield will feature approximately 42,500 square feet of space to accommodate meetings and events. An outdoor plaza will offer a public space for live events, local artisans, farmers markets and seasonal programming.

The resort will offer an array of food and beverage outlets, including Cal Mare by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina; fine steaks and seafood at The Chandler Steak House with Hell’s Kitchen season 14 winner Meghan Gill serving as executive chef; MGM's signature TAP Sports Bar; and the bustling South End Market.

MGM Springfield will be home to Topgolf Swing Suite, featuring high-tech immersive golf simulators and a lounge with food and beverage offerings. The resort also will feature an eight-screen movie theater complex; 10-lane bowling center; retail outlets; spa; and a pool situated within a terraced rooftop garden.

Topping off the resort’s amenities will be a 125,000-square-foot gaming floor will feature approximately 2,550 slot machines, 120 gaming tables, a poker room and high-limit VIP gaming area.

Immediate access to Interstate 91 and the Massachusetts Turnpike as well as nearby Bradley International Airport in Hartford and the Amtrak-serviced Union Station, make MGM Springfield well connected.

“I look forward to working with MGM Springfield for many years to come,” Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated. “They’re a world-class company and an outstanding corporate citizen. I deeply appreciate their belief and investment in our Springfield. I wish them continued success as we create another ‘Springfield first!’”