The casino industry in Massachusetts is about to begin operating again. That’s great news for gambling fans here, many of whom claim they’re excited to visit the reopened casinos. We’ve just been given an update on the MGM Springfield and many are surprised to hear what the casino’s owners are saying.
It’s been a tough road getting Massachusetts’ casino industry up and running again. Many of the major gambling venues here have been losing an incredible amount of revenue over the past couple of months. Today, we’re going to look at what’s being planned for this venue.
Let’s get into it!
Governor Charlie Baker Gives Green Light for Casinos to Reopen On July 12th
Casinos were some of the first businesses ordered to shut down back in March. Over the past month, however, many of the gambling venues around the world have begun opening back up. That includes casinos in Nevada and New Jersey.
Massachusetts has been cautious to reopen as fast as many other states. Governor Charlie Baker refused to tell the media when the state’s gambling industry would resume operations. That finally changed last week.
Murphy held a press conference to speak about the state’s move into Phase 3 of reopening. He announced that casinos here would officially be allowed to accept guests again on July 6th. It was great news for the casino owners here, all of whom have been working hard to come up with a comprehensive, safe reopening plan.
At the moment, just three major land-based casinos are operating in Massachusetts. These venues have earned no revenue since March. It’s crucial for the properties to begin operating again, as many seem close to approaching bankruptcy.
Since opening back in June of 2019, the Encore Boston Harbor has become the most successful casino in MA. This property recently announced that it will begin accepting guests again on July 12th. A number of intense safety measures are being implemented here.
Another popular hotel-casino here also revealed some interesting news this week.
Casino Owners Offer Interesting Update on MGM Springfield
The MGM Springfield Casino-Resort first opened its doors to the public in August of 2018. It quickly became the most popular gambling venues in the state. It was clear that MGM Resorts invested an incredible amount of money into this property.
The opening of the Encore Boston Harbor immediately began to take away from the revenue that MGM Springfield was earning. MGM quickly began looking at new ways to attract players. Things were made worse when this property was forced to shut down in March.
Abe Berry, Vice President of Hospitality, recently offered an interesting update on MGM Springfield. He told the media that the casino will open soon, yet most of the hotel will remain closed. He feels it’s simply too early to begin allowing guests to stay in the hotel at maximum capacity.
“We don’t have a date yet set for opening but I think as we see conventions come back and hopefully a lot of the virus mitigated that definitely will make a decision about the hotel,” Berry said. “We probably won’t open the whole hotel entirely, it may be a couple of floors initially just based on what we’re seeing for demand… It’s just not viable at this point.”
This may end up proving to be the smart decision. A huge number of safety measures need to be set in place inside hotels to protect guests. For now, simply opening the casino floor may be the best option.
It’s a very interesting time for Massachusetts’ casino industry. MGM Springfield may have an opportunity to become the top casino in the state. Stay tuned for updates!
More East Coast Casino Industries Are Opening Up
Despite the fact that many casinos are now opening up, many of these venues are still struggling immensely. Revenue is very low here and no one knows when things will begin to get back to normal. More gambling markets on the East Coast are now working to resume their casino operations.
Atlantic City casinos began accepting guests again over July 4th weekend. As many already know, this city has one of the largest number of commercial casinos in the entire country. Intense social distancing is required in all of these casinos. Tourism has been gradually increasing here over the past week.
Maryland also recently announced that it was allowing its casinos to open back up. This state has recently become a major gambling destination. Hope is that the newly-reopened casinos here can begin drawing in a large number of players. News recently surfaced that shows how much gaming revenue has dropped here in fiscal 2020.
Even some of the casinos in New York have reopened. For now, only the tribal casinos here are accepting guests. It’s likely that many of the commercial casinos in this state will begin operating by the end of July.
Many were surprised to hear the recent update on the MGM Springfield. The hotel here will be mostly closed, yet the casino floor will soon open to players. It will be interesting to see which gambling venue manages to bring in the most players.
Are you excited to see the Massachusetts gambling industry open back up? Let us know in the comments section below!