MGM Resorts International opened Massachusetts’ first resort-casino, MGM Springfield, August 24.

Massachusetts legalized casino gaming in 2011.

The property occupies three city blocks in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, and features a 125,000-square-foot casino floor with 2,550 slot machines, 120 gaming tables, a poker room and a high-limit VIP gaming lodge, according to MGM. The resort was reported to cost $960 million to build.

“In designing MGM Springfield, we had a mission to create a luxury meetings experience that would be unique, not only to Springfield, but to the entire region,” said Michael Dominguez, chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International, in a statement. “We’ve taken best practices from MGM Resorts’ properties around the world and introduced them here, with a focus on delivering spaces that inspire collaboration, interaction and productivity.”

Meeting space highlights of the 250-room property include approximately 34,000 square feet of space in a dedicated meeting and event center that features ballrooms and a 6,200-square-foot outdoor terrace.

Meeting Space at MGM Springfield

MGM Springfield features 34,000 square feet of meeting space.

Ballrooms include the 10,600-square-foot ARIA Ballroom; 5,600-square-foot Bellagio Ballroom; 1,000-square-foot Borgata Meeting Room; and the 1,000-square-foot Beau Rivage Boardroom.

Groups can also utilize the property’s Armory, a castle-like building with outdoor space that was constructed in 1895 and restored by MGM’s design team, for special events. The nearby MassMutual Center, operated by MGM Springfield, offers more than 100,000 square feet of event space.

The Armory, Special Event Space at MGM Springfield

The Armory, Special Event Space, MGM Springfield.

Following are the specifications and amenities of the new property, provided by MGM Resorts International:

  • Accommodations: MGM Springfield features 250 guest rooms, including 16 suites. Design details, including factory-style paned glass and Edison bulb fixtures, harken to Springfield’s industrial roots, while eclectic artwork evokes the locale’s creative iconography, visually referencing Emily Dickinson and Dr. Seuss, such as the 1,600-square-foot Presidential Suite’s hat chandelier inspired by the 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. Room reservations can be made here. Nightly room rates start at $219.
  • Gaming: Massachusetts’ first gaming resort, MGM Springfield’s 125,000-square-foot casino floor features 2,550 slot machines, 120 gaming tables, a poker room and high-limit VIP gaming lounge.
  • Food & Beverage: A downtown epicurean destination, MGM Springfield offers an array of new-to-market concepts and celebrated-chef restaurants, including Italian coastal concept Cal Mare by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina and chef Adam Sobel; fine steaks and seafood at The Chandler Steakhouse with Hell’s Kitchen season 14 winner Meghan Gill serving as executive chef; MGM’s signature TAP Sports Bar; and South End Market, a modern food hall boasting six casual eateries.
  • Entertainment: The 8,000-seat MassMutual Center will host world tours from top artists, beginning with Stevie Wonder on September 1. High-energy social elements like the region’s first public Topgolf Swing Suite, luxury Regal Cinemas and TAP Sports Bar complete with a 10-lane bowling alley and arcade bring a lineup of activities for all generations to downtown Springfield. The Plaza serves as an outdoor gathering space hosting interactive events designed to foster community engagement such as Beer Yoga, a pop-up art gallery by Springfield muralist John Simpson, seasonal activations and more.
  • Nightlife: The art of mixology is a definitive experience across the resort at destination venues such as Lobby Bar, Knox Bar and Commonwealth. From expertly crafted classics to creative libations, each beverage menu spotlights freshly pressed juices, house-made elixirs and locally sourced ingredients. Commonwealth Bar and Lounge features live entertainment nightly and is home to the $25,000 Indian Sidecar, made with a rare 1901 Croizet Cognac and which includes an authentic Indian Motorcycle.
  • Art & Culture: Drawing inspiration from the city’s rich legacy in art and culture, MGM Springfield features a curated collection from local and national artists. From large-scale sculptures to intriguing paintings, talent is displayed through dozens of commissioned and procured works throughout the resort. Mia Pearlman’s The Flying Tidings Whirled sculpture commemorates the resilience of Springfield following the devastating 2011 tornado, while contemporary artist Jeppe Hein’s bright red Bench of Expectation catches the attention of passersby in The Plaza with its winding loops and slides.
  • Spa & Pool: Guests and locals needing to recharge can find indulgence at MGM Springfield’s full-service spa complete with seven treatment rooms, couples’ suites and a warm design inspired by New England’s signature maritime style. A separate salon for men and women hosts an in-house barbershop, with a chair dedicated to Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s dad, a longtime local barber. An 8,000-square-foot pool provides a summertime urban escape.
  • Retail: MGM Springfield’s retail lineup includes Springfield-born Indian Motorcycle’s first-ever apparel boutique alongside regional brands Hannoush Jewelers and Kringle Emporium, whose new flagship is located in the former French Congregational Church, originally built in 1887.
  • Meetings & Events: With approximately 34,000 square feet of versatile space, MGM Springfield’s meeting and event center features ballrooms, meeting rooms and boardrooms adjacent to a 6,200-square-foot outdoor terrace that floods prefunction areas with natural light. For indoor-outdoor space with a historical twist, guests can host events in the resort’s castle-like Armory, which was built in 1895 and restored to its current spectacular state by the MGM Resorts’ design team.

For more information about MGM Springfield, visit www.mgmspringfield.com.