Free Parking to be Offered at Springfield Casino Resort
The residents of Springfield, Mass., have a reason to celebrate. The new MGM Springfield Casino Resort will offer free parking not only to customers but also to the general public. This was announced by MassLive and The Republican, and it raises further hopes of the business opportunities that the new, one-of-a-kind casino is likely to attract to the city.
A Solution to a Growing Problem
Springfield residents, and especially those with businesses around the MGM Springfield, have been complaining about the increased traffic and inadequate parking space recently, particularly since the start of the casino’s construction. The casino has been partly to blame because it is said to have taken more than 500 parking spaces because of its colossal size.
The casino, which will be the first commercially operated casino with an integrated resort in Massachusetts, will occupy three blocks on four streets: Union Street, State Street, Main Street, and East Columbus Avenue. It will feature a six-story hotel, several food and beverage restaurants, several entertainment facilities, and a casino with many machines and table games in addition to other facilities. It is also expected to attract a lot of customers, which will increase traffic to and from the surrounding areas.
The garage is currently under construction and extends from East Columbus Avenue to Union Street. It will rise seven stories and accommodate up to 3,400 cars, thus making up for the lost parking spots. MGM Resorts International hired local firm Fontaine Bros. Inc. and New York-based construction firm Tishman Construction to build the parking garage. Once finished, the garage is also expected to offer other benefits, such as security and quick and convenient access to a central parking space.
Welcome, but Unexpected News
The news was appreciated greatly by the residents of Springfield, but it was unexpected, especially considering what happened in Las Vegas. MGM Resorts International, which is among the casino giants in Las Vegas, introduced parking charges across its facilities in the state in 2016. It was the first major brand to do so, and it set a precedent for other casino giants, including Wynn Resorts and Caesars. The company has also been raising its parking fees over the past year, but charges vary from one establishment to another, according to news reports by local papers.
As such, it has come as a surprise that the new establishment in Springfield will offer free parking not only to visitors but also the general public. However, while it is now confirmed that the casino will indeed offer free parking, it is not yet known when it will open. Construction is still underway. The hotel and resort, however, will have its grand open Aug. 24.
Pulling Many Favors
As mentioned, the MGM Springfield Resort and Casino will be the first of its kind in the state. It will no doubt attract some revenue for the city, especially now that sports betting is being embraced across the nation. As such, it does not come as a surprise that authorities in Massachusetts are making the new resort feel as comfortable as possible.
For instance, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has stepped in to help with the issue of parking spaces by offering free valet parking to businesses operating near the resort. The commission has also reportedly eased drinking laws for the casino. It was reported late last month that MGM Springfield Resort and Casino would serve its clients, and particularly active gamblers, complimentary drinks until 4 a.m. This goes against the state’s law, which prohibits the selling of alcoholic drinks past 2 a.m.
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