MGM Springfield Grand Opening Preview | Connecting Point | Aug. 6, 2018

MGM Springfield Grand Opening Preview | Connecting Point | Aug. 6, 2018


IN JUST OVER TWO WEEKS, MGM
SPRINGFIELD WILL BE OPENING ITS
DOORS.
THE PROJECT COMING TO FRUITION
AFTER SEVERAL YEARS IN THE
MAKING.
AS MANY AS 30,000 VISITORS ARE
EXPECTED TO VISIT THE CITY ON
THAT DAY.
TOO GET A PREVIEW OF — TO GET A
PREVIEW OF WHAT’S IN STORE FOR
THE CONSENT GRAND OPENING AND HE
CASINO INTENDS TO MAINTAIN
LONG-TERM INTEREST, CAROLEEE
McGRATH SAT DOWN WITH MIKE
MATHIS, THE PRESIDENT OF MGM
SPRINGFIELD, TO FIND OUT MORE.
>>REALLY JUST MOVING INTO THE
BUILDING.
TRAINING IS HAPPENING ON SITE.
WE’RE BURNING KITCHENS, PUTTING
FINAL TOUCHES ON SOME OF THE
SPACES, AND JUST MAKING SURE
IT’S READY FOR OUR CUSTOMERS ON
AUGUST 24TH.
>>SO YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO HAVE
LIKE A DRY RUN OR A TESTING ON
AUGUST 14th.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THAT?
>>YES.
WE’RE INVITING A SELECT FEW
FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS FROM THE
COMMUNITY TO COME IN AND
EXPERIENCE THE RESORT.
WE’RE GOING TO FIRE UP THE
KITCHENS, TEST THE SLOT MACHINES
AND THE TABLE GAMES, AND MAKE
SURE OUR STAFF IS READ FOR THE
24TH.
SO — IS READY FOR THE 24TH.
SO JUST MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS
WORKING AND OUR FOLKS ARE
TRAINED AND READY TO RECEIVE OUR
GUESTS.
>>THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS
TALKING ABOUT 30,000 VISITORS ON
OPENING DAY IN SPRINGFIELD.
WHICH IS REALLY INCREDIBLE.
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO BE PREPARED
FOR TRAFFIC AND PARKING?
>>YEAH.
WE’RE EXPECTING A TON OF FOLKS
TO COME OUT.
WE’VE BEEN AT THIS FOR, YOU
KNOW, SEVEN YEARS OR SO.
SO I THINK THE ANTICIPATION IS
THERE AND IT’S REALLY A TEAM
EFFORT WITH THE CITY AND THE
STATE.
WORKING WITH MassDOT, WITH THE
SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT,
CITY PLANNING, TO MAKE SURE
WE’VE GOT ALL THE DIFFERENT
ASPECTS OF THAT OPENING DAY
COVERED FROM TRAFFIC, PUBLIC
SAFETY, COMMUNICATION IS KEY.
WE’VE GOT AN OFFSITE LOT AT THE
BIGGIE AREA SO WE CAN HAVE
PEOPLE PARK OFFSITE UNTIL THE
GRAND CANYON IS READY TO RECEIVE
THEM.
AND IT’S A FRIDAY MORNING SO WE
WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON’T
HURT THE DOWNTOWN COMMERCIAL
TRAFFIC AS WELL.
SO WE PROVIDED FOR OFFSITE
PARKING, A SHUTTLE PROGRAM, AND
JUST A LOT OF COLLABORATION WITH
LOCAL OFFICIALS.
>>AND YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A
PROCESSION BEFORE THE OPENING AS
WELL.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT’S GOING TO
HAPPEN WITH THAT?
>>WE ARE.
IT’S ABOUT 10:30 A.M.
ON FRIDAY
THE 24TH.
WE’RE GOING TO START A
PROCESSION.
IT’S GOING TO BE LED BY THE
BUDWEISER CLYDESDALE HORSES AND
IT’S REALLY A CHANCE TO
EXPERIENCE FOR THE COMMUNITY ALL
THE DIFFERENT ASPECTS, A LITTLE
BIT OF ENTERTAINMENT, SOME OF
OUR LAS VEGAS-TYPE BRANDS ARE
GOING TO BE OUT HERE.
AND THEY’RE GOING TO LEAD OUR
EMPLOYEES AND COMMUNITY LEADERS
RIGHT DOWN MAIN STREET ALONG
WITH THE MAYOR.
I THINK THE MAYOR AND I ARE
GOING TO BE ON A — ON A
TROLLEY.
AND ARRIVE TO OPEN UP OR DOORS
OF.
SO WE WANT THE COMMUNITY TO FEEL
THE ANSWER — THE ANTICIPATION
OF OPENING THE DOORS AND
YESTERYEAR WHEN MAIN STREET WAS
FILLED WITH THE PARADES AND
PROCESSIONS AND A CHANCE TO
CELEBRATE.
>>TELL US ABOUT HOW YOU’LL BE
WORKING WITH THE SPRINGFIELD
POLICE DEPARTMENT.
I KNOW THEY JUST OPENED UP A NEW
METRO UNIT DOWNTOWN, WHICH IS
RIGHT BEHIND THE MASS MUTUAL
CENTER.
I KNOW YOU HAVE YOUR OWN
SECURITY ON THE GROUNDS.
HOW WILL THAT BE COORDINATED?
>>SURE.
WE BELIEVE PUBLIC SAFETY IS YOU
KNOW, CRITICAL IN TERMS OF THE
EXPERIENCE.
AND WE’VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE
SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT,
GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO OUR
INITIAL NEGOTIATIONS WITH MAYOR
SARNO.
HE STRESSED PUBLIC SAFETY AND
THE NEED TO REALLY — IT’S LESS
ABOUT THE CASINO.
JUST ABOUT BRINGING 30,000
PEOPLE ANYWHERE AND MAKING SURE
THE CITY IS PREPARED FOR THEM.
WE’VE DEDICATED TWO AND A
HALF MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FOR
PUBLIC SAFETY TO MAKE SURE WE
HAVE POLICE OFFICERS IN THE NEW
ACADEMY CLASSES AND THAT WE HAVE
NEW CRUISERS AND NEW TECHNOLOGY
JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT FROM A
CROWD CONTROL PERSPECTIVE, THAT
THE — THAT THE CITY IS READY TO
RECEIVE THESE FOLKS.
SO THERE’S GOING TO BE HIGH
VISIBILITY UP AND DOWN MAIN
STREET.
I THINK THERE’S A 45-OFFICER
DEDICATED DOWNTOWN PATROL UNIT
FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
AND WE’VE GOT ABOUT 150 OF OUR
OWN SECURITY OFFICERS THAT WILL
BE THROUGHOUT THE FACILITY ON
BIKE PATROLS, ROVING.
WE’VE GOT STATE AGENTS FROM THE
GAMING COMMISSION.
SO A REALLY — A BIG PUBLIC
SAFETY PRESENCE AND FULL
COORDINATION AND WE COULDN’T BE
HAPPIER REQUEST THE PARTNERSHIP.
>>I KNOW YOU’VE BEEN WORKING
WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES, BUT HOW
IS THAT RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPING
ESPECIALLY AS YOU’RE MOVING
FORWARD TO THE OWING DAY?
— OPENING DAY?
>>SURE, IT’S BEEN A GREAT
RELATIONSHIP.
I’VE BEEN ON THE GROUND SINCE
2012 AND WE FOSTERED SOME OF THE
THOUGH RELATIONSHIPS VERY EARLY.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE
ECONOMIC BENEFITS EXTENDS BEYOND
THE FOUR CORNERS.
AND A COUPLE OF STRATEGIC WAYS
WE DID THAT IS WE HAVE A
250-ROOM HOTEL AND THAT’S NOT
NEARLY ENOUGH TO SERVICE ALL OF
OUR GUESTS, PUT WE WANT TO TO
MAKE SURE THAT THE SHERATON,
MARRIOTTS, THE HOLIDAY IN, THAT
THEY FELT THE BENEFIT OF THE
EXTRA DEMAND.
SO WE’VE GOT CROSS-MARKETING
ARRANGEMENTS, ROOM BLOCK
ARRANGEMENTS.
REALLIES ALL THE LOCAL
RESTAURANTS THAT WE PARTNER WITH
SO WHEN PEOPLE WANT TO LEAVE THE
RESORT, AND GO EXPLORE DOWNTOWN,
WE’VE GOT RESTAURANTS THAT THEY
CAN GO TO.
PARTNERING WITH SIX FLAGS, THE
SPRINGFIELD MUSEUMS ARE ACTUALLY
PRESENT ON SITE WITH SOME
EXHIBITS AND WE’RE GOES TO
CROSS-MARKET FOLKS TO CHECK OUT
THE DR.
SEUSS MUSEUM AND ALL
THAT THEY HAVE TO OFFER.
A LOT OF ACTIVITY AND IT’S
DESIGNED TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE
ENJOY OUR RESORT AND REALLY THE
DOWNTOWN.
>>YOU ALSO HAVE PARTNERED WITH
LIKE STACK AND HCC BRINGING IN A
LOT OF PEOPLE TO WORK AT MGM.
HOW HAS THAT WORKED OUT?
THERE WILL STILL BE JOBS
AVAILABLE ONCE YOU’RE UP AND
RUNNING?
>>THE PARTNERSHIP HAS BEEN
REALLY WONDERFUL AND ALL CREDIT
TO THE LEGISLATURE FOR THINKING
ABOUT HOW COMMUNITY COLLEGES
COULD SUPPORT THIS EFFORT ACROSS
THE COMMONWEALTH.
WE’VE PARTNERED WITH STICK AND
HOLYOKE.
HOLYOKE ON THE CULINARY SIDE AND
STICK ON THE GAMING SIDE.
SO WE’VE SET UP SCHOOLS WITH
EACH OF THOSE PROGRAMS.
THE GAMING SCHOOLS ACTUALLY ON
PROPERTY.
WE’VE GOT A FLOOR OF OUR
BUILDING THAT’S DEDICATED TO A
GAMING SCHOOL WHERE WE TEACH
BLACKJACK, CHANCE.
THE IDEA –P CONTRACTS.
MOST OF THE TABLE GAME DEALS ARE
GOING TO BE EXPERIENCED, THAT’S
COMMON.
BUT A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER WILL BE
NEW TO THE INDUSTRY AND WE’VE
BROUGHT IN OUR TRAINERS TO TRAIN
THEM.
SO REALLY EXCITED TO FRUIT OF
THAT — PARTNERSHIP HAS BEEN
SOME REALLY GREAT CANDIDATES
THAT ARE GOING TO OPEN UP THIS
RESORT.
WHAT’S COMMON IN OUR INDUSTRY IS
ALSO — AS PEOPLE GET PROMOTED
AND MOVE UP, SOME OF THOSE EARLY
DEALERS ARE GOING TO BECOME
MANAGERS AND WE HAVE TO BACKFILL
WITH NEW DEALERS.
SOME OF THOSE LINE COOKS ARE
GOING TO BE — BECOME SUE —
SOUS CHEFS AND WE HAVE TO
BACKTILL WITH THOSE.
>>ONCE THE EXCITEMENT WEARS
OFF —
>>THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.
>>THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN, BUT
IF IT DOES HOW DO YOU PLAN TO
KEEP THE INTEREST, THE PUBLIC
INTEREST?
>>YEAH.
WE SUSTAIN IT THROUGH CONTINUOUS
PROGRAMMING.
YOU KNOW, IT’S NO DIFFERENT THAN
OUR RESORTERS IN LAS VEGAS OR —
RESORTS IN LAS VEGAS OUR
REGIONAL MARKETS.
ENTERTAINMENT IS KEY FOR US.
WE SELL I THINK SEVEN MILLION —
7 MILLION LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
TICKETS IN LAS VEGAS ALONE.
SO SOME OF THE BIGGEST ACTS IN
THE WORLD COME THROUGH OUR
LAS VEGAS VENUES AND PART OF THE
STRATEGY THERE IS IF YOU’RE
GOING TO PLAY IN LAS VEGAS, WE
WANT YOU TO COME AND VISIT OUR
SATELLITE SISTER PROPERTIES, ONE
WHICH WILL BE SPRINGFIELD,
ANOTHER NATIONAL HARBOR, WHICH
WE JUST OPENED A YEAR AND A HALF
AGO OUTSIDE OF D.C.
SO PART OF THE EXCITEMENT WILL
BE PUTTING IN DIE DYNAMIC, FRESH
ENTERTAINMENT ACTS AS WELL AS
OTHER DIFFERENT ENTERTAINMENT ON
OUR PLAZA.
OUR OUTDOOR PLAZA IS A BIG PART
OF THE ROISHZ AND WHAT MAKES —
RESORT AND WHAT MAKES THIS — —
HOW WE’RE GOING TO ACTIVATE
SHSPACE.
>>ESPECIALLY HERE IN THE
NORTHEAST.
IN THE BIRKSHIRE HIS OF WESTERN
MASSACHUSETTS, THE HEARTWOOD
SCHOOL FOR HOME BUILDING CRAFTS
IN PASH HAS DENVERED TIMLER
FRAMING CLASSES MORE THAN 35
YEARS.
USING MORTICE AND 10ON PEGGED
JOINERY, STUDENTS TACKLE THE
PROJECT FROM THE GROUND UP UNDER
THE DIRECTION OF THE SCHOOL’S
DIRECTOR WILL BEAMER.
WE VISITED THE SCHOOL AND
WATCHED A POST AND BEAM PROJECT
COME TO LIFE ON THE FINAL DAY OF
CLASS.
>>READY, LIFT, AND SEPARATE.
>>YOU’RE BUILDING SOMETHING
WITH YOUR HANDS THAT’S GOING TO
HAVE A LONGEVITY, WHICH IS A
TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF
SATISFACTION, NO MATTER WHAT
YOU’RE DOING AND I THINK THAT’S
ONE OF THE EYE TRACTIONS AND
REWARDS — ATTRACTIONS AND
REWARDS IN GENERAL, BECAUSE
YOU’RE MAKING THINGS THAT HAVE A
PERM NEXT AND PHYSICAL REALITY
THAT YOU CAN — PERMANENT AND
PHYSICAL REALITY THAT YOU CAN
GRAB AND SAY I CREATED THIS.
12 FEET, RIGHT ON THE MONEY.
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7 thoughts on “MGM Springfield Grand Opening Preview | Connecting Point | Aug. 6, 2018”

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  2. I took a walk around there a couple of nights ago. WOW! It looks like a whole new city down there. Having the restaurants and shops opening onto main street gives it the appearance of the days when there used to be businesses open downtown. I bet the empty shops across the street will be leased up fast.

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