MGM Updating Regulators Following Casino Opening

posted by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press - 

SPRINGFIELD, MA - AUGUST 24: A view of the Massachusetts Processional through Downtown’s Main Street for the Grand Opening of MGM Springfield on August 24, 2018 in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MGM Springfield)

BOSTON (AP) — MGM is updating Massachusetts gambling regulators following the opening of its nearly $1 billion Springfield casino last month.

The Las Vegas casino company is also expected to present its quarterly report to the state Gaming Commission in Boston on Thursday.

The five-member panel says it will also vote on the 14-acre (5.6-hectare) facility's Certificate of Operation.

MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis has said more than 150,000 people visited during the opening weekend, exceeding company expectations.

The hotel, casino, retail and entertainment complex opened to fanfare Aug. 24. It spans roughly three city blocks and is the first of its kind in the state.

The facility's outside is meant to blend in with the historic downtown streetscape and its interior evokes the city's history, including ties to children's author Dr. Seuss.

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