Hard Rock interest in West Springfield

Hard Rock interest in West Springfield


CASINO. WE’LL DETAIL THAT STORY
IN A FEW MOMENTS, BUT, AS YOU
FIRST HEARD TONIGHT ON 22NEWS
STARTING AT FIVE TONIGHT,
THERE’S A NEW CITY EMERGING AS A
POSSIBLE PLAYER IN THE WESTERN
MASSACHUSETTS CASINO
SWEEPSTAKES.
22NEWS REPORTER JULI MCDONALD
JOINS US FROM WEST SPRINGFIELD
WHERE AT LEAST ONE DEVELOPER’S
TAKING A HARD LOOK AT EASTERN
STATES EXPOSITION GROUNDS.
22NEWS CONFIRMED TODAY THAT HARD
ROCK INTERNATIONAL IS EXPLORING
THE POSSIBILITY OF DEVELOPING A
CASINO IN WEST SPRINGFIELD,
BRINGING BIG GAMING TO THE BIG
E.
FOR MONTHS PEOPLE IN WEST
SPRINGFIELD HAVE WATCHED THE
CASINO COMPETITION UNFOLD ACROSS
THE RIVER IN SPRINGFIELD.
THURSDAY 22NEWS CONFIRMED THAT
BIG E CEO GENE CASSIDY IS IN
WHAT HE CALLED… “EXPLORATORY
CONVERSATIONS” WITH HARD ROCK
INTERNATIONAL– WHICH COULD MEAN
A CASINO IN WEST SIDE. 22NEWS
ASKED PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND WORK
THERE WHAT THEY THOUGHT OF THE
PROSPECT OF “BIG E-LIKE”
CROWDS– ALL YEAR LONG.
ANYTHING THAT’S GOOD FOR
BUSINESS, GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE,
GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY. PEOPLE
ASSUME THAT A CASINO IS GOING TO
BRING IN NEGATIVE PEOPLE FOR
LACK OF A BETTER WORD BUT I
THINK THAT’S JUST AN ASSUMPTION.
BUSINESSES AROUND THE
FAIRGROUNDS ARE CERTAINLY
IMPACTED BY THE BIG E EVERY
YEAR, AND THEY’D BE IMPACTED BY
A CASINO. ONE BUSINESS OWNER WE
SPOKE WITH SAID HE’S EAGER TO
LEARN ABOUT WHAT A POTENTIAL
PROJECT COULD OFFER.
LOTS OF THINGS COULD HAPPEN. IT
COULD TAKE EMPLOYEES FROM US,
WE COULD GAIN EMPLOYEES. BEING
DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET IT
COULD HAVE A GOOD EFFECT IT
COULD HAVE A BAD EFFECT. AT THIS
POINT UNTIL I SEE WHAT’S
ACTUALLY BEING DONE I DON’T WANT
TO DRAW ANY CONCLUSIONS.
I DO THINK THAT IF A CASINO IS
GOING TO COME HERE THEY SHOULD
PAY FOR THE ENTIRE
INFRASTRUCTURE TO MAKE IT RIGHT
TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE
PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE. WHILE
THERE’S A LOT OF MONEY TO BE
MADE THEY HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF
THIS SO EVERYONE IS TREATED
FAIRLY FOR WHAT THEY’VE DONE
HERE.
GENE CASSIDY TOLD 22NEWS NO
DEALS HAVE BEEN MADE, BUT THEY
ARE ENTHUSIASTICALLY EXPLORING
ALL OPTIONS, WHICH MEANS ANY
TALKS THEY HAVE ARE NOT LIMITED
TO ONE POSSIBLE DEVELOPER. HE
SAID HE MAY HAVE A MAJOR
ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

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