They promised big names and now, MGM Springfield is delivering, announcing Tuesday at a legendary singer will perform during the casino's opening week this summer.
In coming to Springfield, MGM said it would use it's leverage to bring big names back to the city.
Today, the first name is rolled out and it's a big one: Stevie Wonder
We know the opening day of MGM Springfield is August 24. Now, the MassMutual Center, which is managed by MGM, is making its first announcement on what opening week will look like.
Stevie Wonder will perform a concert in Springfield on Saturday, September 1.
"He's iconic and one of the all-time greats and his music cuts all across the spectrum, so that's great for an opening show," said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
MGM said in a statement, "We are thrilled to announce the first of our many spectacular world-renowned entertainers coming to downtown Springfield. This will usher in a new era of exciting world-class entertainment for the city. MGM is leveraging its pipeline of global relationships to attract first-rate events, reinforcing Springfield's reputation as the region's premier entertainment center. "
Back in the day when it was called the Civic Center, the likes of Elvis, Bob Hope, Bruce Springsteen, and Eddie Murphy performed here.
Sarno told Western Mass News that Stevie Wonder is the tip of the iceberg.
"MGM is world renowned in entertainment. They can and will bring here to the city of Springfield, they have that much power and draw," Sarno added.
MGM and Sarno told Western Mass News that there are big plans in the works for opening week and beyond.
Just what are those plans?
"Beth is very good, you know. She's trying to pry information from me," Sarno said.
However, so far, MGM and Sarno will only say, "this is going to be a huge grand opening," Sarno noted. Sarno said the opening week motto will be "Welcome to the show" and the show is right here in the city of Springfield.
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