MGM Resorts International was officially approved for Massachusetts’ first gaming license, for a proposed $800 million hotel-casino in Springfield.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted unanimously to grant MGM the license. MGM received approval from local voters last July, while the commission said in December that the company was “suitable” to receive the gaming license.

MGM proposed its project for Springfield in 2012. The MGM Springfield, to be built on a 14.5-acre plot downtown, is slated to include a 25-story, 250-room hotel as well as 125,000 square feet of gaming space, 55,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a movie theater, a bowling alley and an outdoor performance stage.

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