|MGM reassures nervous Springfield after it unveils plan for $675M casino in Bridgeport, Conn.|
In a major escalation of the ongoing casino war in southwestern New England, MGM Resorts announced yesterday ambitious plans for a new $675 million waterfront casino in Bridgeport, Conn., halfway between New York and New Haven and 80 miles south of Springfield, Mass., where MGM is building a $950 million casino in the city’s downtown. The Hartford Courant has the details. It’s just the latest development in the ongoing battle between MGM, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, which, it should be noted, has its own proposal for a new casino in East Windsor, Conn., just across the border from Springfield.
In Springfield, Mayor Domenic Sarno said he’s spoken to MGM CEO James Murren and has been assured that the company remains focused on building a "very successful and robust" casino in Springfield, reports Dan Glaun at MassLive. But how successful and robust, with so many current and planned casinos in the region, is the question.Hartford Courant