For Immediate Release
May 14, 2013

MGM Resorts Formally Requests July 16 Referendum

– Community Campaign Kick-off Event Planned

SPRINGFIELD (MA) May 14, 2013 – MGM Resorts International today announced it has formally requested a Tuesday, July 16 referendum on MGM Springfield. A letter co-addressed to Mayor Domenic Sarno and City Council President James Ferrera was hand delivered to Springfield City Hall this morning.

This formal request was the latest requirement fulfilled by MGM as the company continues its quest for the sole casino operator's license in Western Massachusetts. On April 30, Mayor Sarno finalized a Host Community Agreement with MGM and chose the company as the only casino resort developer to move forward in Springfield. During a special Friday night session, the City Council unanimously ratified the terms of the HCA.

"MGM is grateful to have the confidence and enthusiasm of Mayor Sarno and now City Council members as we move into the next phase of this competition," said Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts President and Chief Marketing Officer and MGM Springfield President. "We will continue to have an open dialogue with the voters about our project and we look forward to a vote in July."

MGM plans to announce a high-energy "Yes for Springfield" campaign kick-off event as soon as the City Clerk approves the referendum date.

Upon a favorable referendum, MGM would advance to potentially compete before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission with Mohegan Sun in Palmer and Hard Rock in neighboring West Springfield. Both Mohegan Sun and Hard Rock have filed applications with the MGC. Neither town has announced an HCA or has moved to the referendum stage.

Residents likely will be voting prior to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) issuing a required suitability determination. All casino developers must be deemed suitable to operate a gaming facility in the Commonwealth before they may proceed with the state application process. Final suitability determinations are not expected until at least August. Applications for gaming licenses currently are due Dec. 1.

MGM Springfield is proposed for 14.5 acres of land between Union and State streets, and Columbus Avenue and Main Street. MGM Springfield unveiled its plan in August to develop an approximately $800 million world-class residential, retail, dining and entertainment district in Downtown Springfield.

About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is in the process of developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA resort and casino.

For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at