The chief of the MGM Springfield said on Wednesday that they got a happy surprise when they received more than 150,000 visitors in its three days of operations.
"We are glad to announce that MGM Springfield had a successful opening weekend, exceeding our expectations by hosting more than 150,000 visitors in just three days," said MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis.
The casino valued $960 million opened on Friday at 11 am with a large crowd that turned out to witness the opening. The crowd stretched around its perimeter of Main Street and State Street. The opening was preceded by an outside parade wherein hundreds of construction openers, Budweiser Clydsdales, casino employees and the University of Massachuttes Marching Band participated.
"Our guests were very excited and very curious to experience the new resort and be a part of our first weekend," Matthis said.
"Our hotel and restaurants were fully booked with guests eager to be a part of our historic opening," he said.
He also stated that he expected the average of visitors to be 150,000 on a daily basis.
The garage of the casino offers free parking in its 3,400 space.
Matthis also praised the cooperation of Springfield police, Springfield Department of Public works and Massachuttes State Police and other agencies who immensely contributed to the opening weekend's success.
"We are also very grateful for the hard work and commitment of our employees and the ongoing enthusiasm and support of the entire Springfield community," he said.
"We are looking forward to continuing our debut this coming weekend where we will be welcoming legendary singer, musician, producer Stevie Wonder at MassMutual on September 1," he added.