mgmSPRINGFIELD: The opening of the MGM Resorts International's $960 million casino and entertainment complex in Springfield, is expected to open early, by august 24th this year. The company cited the ability to move construction quicker due to milder winters than expected.

Reportedly the buildings are approximately 75% complete including the 250 room boutique hotel.

The MGM Springfield's casino has a 125,000-square-feet of gaming space with 2,550 slot machines and 120 gaming tables, a six screen movie theater, skating rink and bowling alley. Foxwoods by contrast has 4800 slot machines and 250 gaming tables.

The initial plans for the opening of the casino were held back by highway and exit work on !-91 along downtown Springfield. That construction is also wrapping up.

Wynn Resorts have acknowledged that they have been in discussions with MGM about the sale of the property. The company has told regulators that they are renaming the property to exclude the Wynn name, as Encore Boston Harbor.

Matt Maddox, CEO of Wynn Resorts told Massachusetts' regulators that it wanted to stay in the Commonwealth but that would be dependent on results from an investigation by regulators generated by charges against former founder Steve Wynn.

The Hartford Courant has reported that the Mohegan Sun was a potential bidder for the Springfield location, if MGM was forced to divest due to a Boston casino purchase.