Springfield’s brand new casino resort has witnessed a booming couple of weeks of operation ever since its grand opening towards the end of August, but there have been several hiccups in the process. As it turns out the casino venue seems to be appealing to a large number of residents and tourists and their wide range includes underage patrons as well, which has prompted special measures introduction.
Over the span of the first weeks of operation, MGM Springfield has managed to accumulate quite the interest towards its offerings as it could be seen by the surge of visitors to the general area of the casino resort and the increased revenue of businesses around the newly-opened integrated resort. Initially projected visitor figures were exceeded in reality, which was more than good news for the casino developer.
Surging Interest towards New Casino Resort
Across a single weekend of operation, the shiny casino resort is able to gather as many as 50,000 visitors per day, whereas their number reaches 25,000 on work days. These figures far outreach the originally estimates numbers ranging from 15,000 to 20,000 a day. What makes the location a preferred one for many individuals of all age groups is the fact that it has on offer a wide array of entertainment offerings, as well as shopping venues, accommodation potential, and a premium gaming facility.
This could be linked to the bus service provided by the casino developer. A total of six buses were appointed to travel from more distant areas to the liking of Worcester, southern Vermont. The Hartford and Middlesex Counties in Vermont, as well as western Massachusetts, would also be covered by the driver coach program. However, it should be taken into account that due to its appealing offerings, underage gambling has become a serious issue which prompts measure to be taken immediately.
Drawn by the various venues and flashing lights, minors are tempted to give their luck a try at the casino venue currently in operation. Michael Mathis is the Chief Executive Officer of MGM Springfield and he stated that there have been instances where underage individuals have made an attempt to enter the casino area of the integrated resort.
Of course, they have been instantly stopped at the very entrance and denied access to the venue, but nevertheless, the tendency remains. People under the age of 21 are not allowed in the gaming venue according to the regulations across the state, which is why a ban has been introduced to the facility. From here on out, minors under the age of 16 and children of casino patrons left without parental supervision would be considered unattended minors and denied access to the venue.
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Midnight Brings Exclusive Casino Offerings
Midnight would be the curfew for people under the age of 21 when it comes to the casino operation. Due to the large number of guests control shall remain strict, which is why there would be strictly no underage customers in the gaming area in the wee hours of the night. It could be recalled, that the month of June witnessed a revolutionary announcement issued ahead of the official launch, which made it clear that the location would be serving alcohol up until 4 a.m.
With the help of its new liquor license, all players of the casino venue will be able to enjoy alcoholic beverages until the early morning. One of the arguments provided in support of this decision came from Seth Stratton who is the Vice President of MGM Springfield.
He stated that casino patrons which partiactivities atng activities at MGM facilities are used to not having time limits when it comes to the alcoholic beverages provided on site. This is a significant change to the status quo across the state, which allows alcohol serving up until 2 a.m.
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