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Gaming Commission continues research on Casino impact

A view inside the casino at MGM Springfield during a media preview on Monday, August 20, 2018. The complex is set to open on Friday.

A Researcher told the state gaming commission that there has been a slight improvement in the real estate market surrounding the Plainridge Park Casino. It was opened in 2015.

Henry Renski, a professor of regional planning at the University of Massachusetts has said recently,

“There’s so much going on in the region, with the Wrentham Outlets, Patriot place an exit away, the Xfinity Centre, this casino doesn’t exists in a vacuum,” he said. “We found that casino complements other destinations in the area, together, they become a magnet”.

MGM Casino that opened in Springfield on Aug 24, said Rachel Volberg, the director of economic and public policy research at the UMass Donahue Institute.

“We have already begun to study MGM,” said Volberg. “And I expect we will have enough data to publish a report in about a year, but it’s not going to stop there. We are going to continue to monitor impact and report on it”.

SEIGMA started releasing profiles on every community that was going to host a casino. MGM Springfield almost sees 25,000 visitors on a daily basis and almost 50,000 visitors on weekends, according to a report.

According to Volberg, SEIGMA’s research is the first of its kind. This will mainly catch the essence of the gambling industry.

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