Springfield city councilors raised the question about who will manage two major entertainment venues downtown in a meeting Monday night.
The company that manages Symphony Hall and City Stage and the entertainment for both venues announced they will no longer be in control once their contract is up at the end of December.
That leaves Springfield with the decision to put out a request for proposals in search for a new operator for Symphony Hall.
On Monday night, the city council voted on a resolution authorizing the administration to enter a contract for no longer than three years.
Because MGM has been managing the Mass Mutual Center since 2017, some city councilors believe they're in the run for the next bid.
"I'd be surprised if MGM wasn't interested in bidding on this RFP. I think it would make sense, them being the biggest gaming company in the world and everything that they want to do for the city of Springfield, in terms of entertainment, it makes sense," said Springfield City Council President, Orlando Ramos.
The Springfield Parking Authority oversees CityStage and will likely seek a separate proposal to manage that venue.
MGM wrote in a statement to Western Mass News that Symphony Hall and CityStage are priorities:
MGM Springfield will continue our conversations with the city leaders regarding the future of CityStage and Symphony Hall with the intent of supporting future dynamic performances in those venues.
The next step is the city and parking authority to request management proposals from interested parties.
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