There are certain words in the English language that seem to me to be overused today. Two of those words are “awesome” and “spectacular”.
No research to support this claim, but I assert that “awesome” is the most common adjective ever used by Millennials. And remember when our military even used the term “shock and awe” when we first invaded Iraq?
However, based on my first-hand experience as a guest of MGM International at last Thursday evening's Preview Party of the new MGM Springfield, the words “awesome and spectacular” don’t do this new resort justice.
It took my wife, Jackie, and I 90 minutes to drive from here to MGM Springfield, including exiting I-91 at the Downtown Springfield exit 6 and immediately entering a new structured parking garage with 3,400 free parking spots. When we exited the garage elevator we were directly within the entertainment center, a 14.5-acre site, dramatically transformed since a tornado hit there seven years ago destroying much of that immediate area.
Here’s what Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts international and our keynote speaker last December at our Annual Dinner had to say: “For the first time, our industry, really thoughtfully, will be a catalyst for urban renewal as opposed to simply an economic driver of jobs and tax revenue. We certainly will be that. What we have spent years on is developing a program and a feeling that is very much integrated into the city.”
The $964 million MGM investment does have a 125,000 square feet casino with 2,550 slot machines and 120 gaming tables, but my, oh my, there are also many other family-friendly things to do, including a bowling alley, a movie theater, and a plaza which will have ice skating in the winter and a farmers’ market in the summer and fall. And there’s a Topgolf indoor golf simulator and an extensive art collection.
The eating options are extraordinary from a top-rated steakhouse, a sports bar, a diner, Asian dishes at Wicked Noodle and seafood at Jack’s Lobster Shack (where Jackie and I enjoyed exquisite lobster rolls). For dessert there is Gelato & Expresso, and just down the street there is Red Rose Pizzeria (which has been there for more than 50 years, and many other restaurants and delis). There are plenty of bars, a 250-room hotel, and if you want world-class entertainment, MGM is now managing the Mass Mutual Center across the street. This weekend, for example, Stevie Wonder will be performing there.
So, as you might imagine, I spent the evening thinking what an incredible addition a complex like this would be for our Bridgeport shoreline. Our BRBC board and each of our chambers of commerce have voted to support an endeavor to make this happen here.
MGM Grand Bridgeport would undoubtedly be an enormous game changer for Bridgeport and the region.
And, don't just take my word for it. Get in your car or take the new train line to get there and experience MGM Springfield for yourself.
Or join us at the BRBC's Expo for Business & Innovation taking place at the Webster Bank Arena. Bridgeport Landing Development and MGM Bridgeport will be on hand to showcase the latest developments at Steelpointe Harbor and the promise for even more and positive transformation of the Bridgport Harbor.
Whether you take a trip to Springfield or you visit the BRBC's Expo, I expect you will become an advocate for MGM Bridgeport joining our great community just across the Yellow Mill River from Bass Pro Shops and the soon to be completed (Spring 2019) DockMaster Building at Steelpointe Harbor.
AND, TODAY THE BRBC GIVES A SHOUT OUT TO ALL OUR CURRENT AND NEWLY ANNOUNCED EXPO FOR BUSINESS & INNOVATION SPONSORS!!!
Join Webster Bank, WEBE 108, WICC 600, MGM Resorts, People's United Bank, and PSEG Power Connecticut for this exceptional event!