So many big names came through, like David Bowie, Santana and Aerosmith. When MGM Springfield first announced its entertainment plans, other venues in the region raised the issue of competition. The Wynn casino construction site along the Mystic River is a massive operation. Skip to main content. MGM is betting if people don't want to come to Springfield to gamble, they'll come for the shows, and maybe check out the casino resort across the way.


The average daily shipment, 56 cars, amounts to 5, tons of soil every day. Those shipments go to different landfills based on their pollution level. Before Wynn bought the property, the site along the Mystic River housed various chemical companies dating back to , when New England Chemical built a factory there.

Since then, it's played home to multiple chemical companies, including Monsanto for more than half a century. That means a lot of polluted soil, and a lot of effort to clean it up. By now, the most polluted soil is already gone — loaded on those train cars — but the soil coming out now just to make room for construction still has to be tested.

Depending on that, it may get sent to one of multiple landfills around the country — as far away as Georgia. Wynn officials say they expect to be done with dirt removal in a few weeks — and already the makings of a story hotel tower are starting to materialize.

Girders are going up, followed by floors and glass. Later this year, you should be able to see the casino being built from nearby Route 93 heading into Boston.

Gordon says the tower will be a major physical change for the region — but not just that. He doubts they're going to make any money on it. Stevie Wonder is playing exclusively at MGM casinos this tour: Las Vegas first, then Maryland, then western Massachusetts. That will happen even if the show sells out, she said. That's a tall order with big arenas so close by in Hartford and Worcester, and at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, where U2 performed in July. That radius, give or take a few miles, is not random.

Many venues in the live music industry have musicians agree to a "non-compete" clause, which states that within a certain time frame they can't play at other nearby locations. MGM is betting if people don't want to come to Springfield to gamble, they'll come for the shows, and maybe check out the casino resort across the way.

Whether that means extra customers for other Springfield businesses is still an unknown. Spera has lined up comedy nights and music shows through , but none on par with Stevie Wonder. She promised more big performers are coming, but wouldn't name them. But it won't be Janet Jackson anytime soon: She's on stage at Mohegan Sun at the end of September. This story was originally published by New England Public Radio.

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