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MGM Springfield Allowed 4 a.m. Last Call

Progress continues on the MGM Springfield casino project as they look to the grand opening in five months. This is the view along Main Street looking south.
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Massachusetts casino regulators gave MGM Springfield the go-ahead to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., two hours later than any other establishments in the state.

Massachusetts casino regulators gave MGM Springfield the go-ahead to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., two hours later than other establishments in the state.

In a 4-1 vote Thursday, members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved a liquor license allowing late-night alcohol service. The extended hours only apply to customers gambling on the casino floor.

Before the vote, Seth Stratton, MGM Springfield’s vice president and general counsel, was asked why gamblers should enjoy the later last call.

“Folks are used to going to casinos throughout the country, and having an experience where they can game and consume alcohol without a cutoff hour,” Stratton told commissioners. “It’s really [about] industry competition. It’s ensuring a consistent experience.”

However, it was pointed out that casinos in Connecticut and Rhode Island stop serving at 2 a.m.

Commissioner Eileen O'Brien, who voted against the measure, said she's not sure this is a good move.

“[Considering] the public safety concerns and the concerns about people gaming into the night having continued alcohol access…I am just not convinced that at this point it’s in the best interest of the commonwealth,” O’Brien said.

The approval stipulates that MGM to give a progress report to the gaming commission 90 days after the casino's opening, which is scheduled for Aug. 24.

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