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Two more city citizens councils back MGM Springfield casino plan

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Thursday MGM Resorts International's plans for a south end casino in the city received the backing of two additional neighborhood councils.

The Indian Orchard Citizen's Council and Old Hill Neighborhood Council have both announced that they will be backing the $800 million resort casino that would be built along Main Street in downtown.

"We are extremely proud to have received the exclusive endorsement of the Indian Orchard Citizens Council and the Old Hill Neighborhood Council. The support of these key organizations, along with others that have chosen to endorse our proposal, further connects MGM to the community in a very meaningful way," said Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts President and Chief Marketing Officer and MGM Springfield President.

The MGM plan has previously received the backing of the South End Citizens' Council.

MGM is in competition with Penn National Gaming to build a casino in Springfield. Mohegan Sun has plans for a Palmer casino, while Hard Rock International has partnered with the Eastern States Exposition to develop a resort casino on their fairgrounds in West Springfield.

Springfield's mayor and gaming commission recently decided to move forward with formal discussions with both MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming. The city may decide to send one or both plans to the state's gaming commission.

Only one casino license will be awarded for a western Massachusetts casino by the state's gaming commission.

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