Michael Mathis, the vice president of Global Gaming Development for MGM Hospitality, said his company would do the "exact opposite," and allow acts to do "block booking," meaning they would be able to perform in both Springfield and the Berkshires as part of the same tour.
"For so long this area, particularly Springfield, but this area as well, have been the victims of radius restrictions out of Connecticut," said Mathis
, after speaking at a Berkshire Chamber of Commerce function.
"Because of our experience booking nationwide acts we will be able to reach out to those promoters.
We've already demonstrated that with the acts we've brought to the Mass Mutual Center (in Springfield)."
would partner with different local venues here to "cross-market" entertainment opportunities, and would not impose so-called radius restrictions on performers or acts.
On Wednesday, Mathis
said MGM hopes to receive a license from the state by the second quarter of 2014.
told the more than 200 people in attendance at Wednesday's Berkshire Chamber breakfast that MGM
"would very much like your help in reaching out to vendors in this area."
said there would be several opportunities for "cross-marketing" in the Berkshires.
proximity to the Berkshires could allow casino visitors to take "day trips" to this area, he
"We intend to leverage that tourism experience very heavily," said Mathis
added that MGM
has already contacted Ice River Springs, which has a water bottling plant in Pittsfield, about supplying beverages for a casino.
"I don't know the exact numbers, but we buy tens of millions of that type of thing," he
said MGM's casino/ hotel would employ 3,000 workers.
The project would create 2,000 construction jobs, he
said, and take two and a half years to complete.
receives a license from the state, Mathis
said the casino would probably open in late 2016 or early 2017.