Huge Crowds Flock To MGM Springfield Casino For Grand Opening

Huge Crowds Flock To MGM Springfield Casino For Grand Opening


A DRIVER CRASHED INTO THE STORE. NO ONE WAS HURT BUT THE DAMAGE IS EXTENSIVE. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LINED UP TO TRY THEIR LUCK AT THE — THIS MEGA RESORT OPENS ITS DOORS AFTER YEARS OF ANTICIPATION. CHRISTINA HAGER WAS THERE. I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO A CASINO IN MY LIFE. Reporter: SHE HOPES TO WORK LIKE SO MANY OTHERS SHE’S BEEN WAITING. FOR DOORS TO OPEN TO THE HUM OF MORE THAN 2500 SLOTS AND IT’S THE FIRST FULL CASINO. I HAVE NEVER BEEN — I WAS DYING TO CHECK IT OUT. AND I LOVE IT. I’M GOING ON SPEND A LOT OF TIME DOWN HERE. LET ME TELL YOU. AFTER YEARS OF PERMITTING, PLANNING AND BUILDING OVER 14 ACRES IN SPRINGFIELD, $960 MILLION, LATER, THOUSANDS LINED UP TO BE THE FIRST OF THE VISITING PUBLIC TO WALK-THROUGH THESE DOORS. I NEED A NEW CHANGE IN MY LIFE AND THIS IS MY NEW CHANGE. MAYBE I’LL WORK HERE. ADDING TO THE BUILD-UP, A GRAND PROCESSION DOWN MAIN STREET. CLYDESDALE USHERS IN EMPLOYEES AND CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AND THE SPRINGFIELD MAYOR. THE WAY THEY RESPECTED SPRINGFIELD HISTORY AND THE SPIN OFF TO THE VENDORS AND SUPPLIES AND THE LOCAL BUSINESSES USING THEIR PRODUCTS AND BEING IN HERE, THIS IS — MGM WILL TELL YOU THIS. IT HAS NEVER BEEN DONE. BECAUSE OF THE EXCITEMENT, A LOT OF THE STREETS ARE CLOSED AND PARKING AREAS BLOCKED OFF WITH NO ACCESS TO THE PUBLIC. SO STAFF MEMBERS ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO PARK AT THE BIGGY FAIRGROUNDS AND THERE’S FREE SHUTTLES

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