The city set an application deadline for Thursday to begin the first phase of its casino selection process.
Officials believed the deadline would show who was seriously interested in calling Springfield home. As of Thursday evening, those who submitted their applications were Ameristar, MGM and Penn National.
The city said they are confident in their final three.
"We have a wonderful choice before us," said Kevin Kennedy, Springfield's chief development officer. "Two downtown proposals and one in the eastern part of our city. I think they all have uniqueness to them."
Earlier in the day, MGM officials dropped off their application to City Hall. They believe the boxes of information will show they have a unique proposal.
"It is not your typical casino in a box," said Kelley Tucky, MGM senior vice president of Public Affairs. "We have been on the ground here in Springfield for months talking to the residents and community leaders about what they would like to see. Everything that you see in our renderings, in our community office, everything you have heard about us is with the community's input."
Along with submitting their applications to the city, each casino paid $50,000.
That money will go towards the studies needed to determine the viability of each proposal.
This first phase is scheduled to end on Nov. 1.
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