Gambling officials in Massachusetts are brushing off news this week that Connecticut’s two Native American tribes are moving forward with a casino plan in East Windsor to compete with MGM Springfield.
“Will it impact some of our visitation if it ever comes to fruition? Perhaps, but as you know, we’re putting up a really unique product here as an urban resort,” said Mike Mathis, head of MGM’s Springfield project, which is scheduled to open in 2018.
Despite that confidence, MGM is suing to block Connecticut’s third tribal casino.
Regardless, Steve Crosby, head of the Gaming Commission, said he believes MGM can handle any potential competition.
“If circumstances change, if the competitive environment changes significantly, then we’ll have to take a look at that,” Crosby said. “But at this stage of the game, we’re proceeding on pace, and think they’re pretty well situated to deal with whatever they have to deal with.”
The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes signed an agreement Thursday with East Windsor. It still needs the approval of the Connecticut legislature.