Casino giant “MGM Resorts” recently asked the Connecticut Gaming Commission for a permission to re-schedule its $ 800 million casino plan in Springfield, Connecticut (USA). The gaming operator actually wanted to postpone the opening of its casino to September 2018. That new construction schedule would benefit the “Mashantucket Pequots and the Mohegans” and their joint project to bid for a new casino license in the area. The state tribes can now publish a request for proposals from municipalities that are keen on hosting new casino projects.
The Mashantucket Pequots and the Mohegans planned to build their joint casino along the state border with Massachusetts. Once completed, it would be the direct competitor of MGM Springfield. Great as the MGM’s project could be, the state tribes’ officials remain optimistic about the success of their own gaming expansion. Interestingly enough, local media reported that numerous are the Connecticut-based gaming fans who said to remain loyal to the tribe-run casino even though MGM Springfield would operate in the same residential area. It is worth mentioning that the delay is due to the reconstruction of the Interstate 91 viaduct. Related works would hamper access to the facility. The reconstruction project is slated to complete in August 2018. That is why MGM Springfield is rescheduled to open a month later.