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Springfield Casino, Convention Center Partnership Touted

An artists rendering of the proposed MGM Casino in Springfield, MA

MGM is poised to take a role in managing the state-owned convention center in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the Las Vegas-based company is building a casino.

Officials with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority said final details for a contract with MGM are being worked out.  

MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis said his company can use its marketing expertise to bring sports events, concerts, and convention business to the MassMutual Center, located just a block from the casino.

"We really think of this as a campus approach. The MassMutual Center is our convention center and our arena," said Mathis.

MGM brought in chefs from the Bellagio Las Vegas casino to serve lunch to convention center authority board members Thursday and provided a tour of the site where the casino is being built.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.