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The outside of the MGM Springfield casino.
The outside of the MGM Springfield casino.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

MGM Springfield is set to open on Friday, marking the first time patrons can legally wager on table games such as blackjack and craps within Massachusetts.

Here’s a look inside the casino and resort.

The lobby is packed with walls of books. Yes, books. Classics, books by local authors, even random school yearbooks. If you graduated from Agawam High School in 1969, your yearbook is here.
The lobby is packed with walls of books. Yes, books. Classics, books by local authors, even random school yearbooks. If you graduated from Agawam High School in 1969, your yearbook is here.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
MGM Springfield is full of old furniture and reclaimed pieces of bric-a-brac, many bought at the famous antiques fair in nearby Brimfield.
MGM Springfield is full of old furniture and reclaimed pieces of bric-a-brac, many bought at the famous antiques fair in nearby Brimfield.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
The new MGM Springfield casino includes a portion of the old city armory.
The new MGM Springfield casino includes a portion of the old city armory.Lane Turner/Globe Staff
With the $2.5 billion Wynn Resorts casino in Everett not scheduled to open until next June, MGM Springfield will have a head start on establishing a customer base in Massachusetts, and provide a first look at the impact of a full-fledged casino on the area.
With the $2.5 billion Wynn Resorts casino in Everett not scheduled to open until next June, MGM Springfield will have a head start on establishing a customer base in Massachusetts, and provide a first look at the impact of a full-fledged casino on the area.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
The casino is a high-stakes project for the Las Vegas company, which invested some $960 million into a development unlike any it has ever built.
The casino is a high-stakes project for the Las Vegas company, which invested some $960 million into a development unlike any it has ever built.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
A worker put finishing touches on a slot machine on the gaming floor on Aug. 23, the day before the casino was set to open.
A worker put finishing touches on a slot machine on the gaming floor on Aug. 23, the day before the casino was set to open.Lane Turner/Globe Staff
Slot machines in the casino.
Slot machines in the casino.Lane Turner/Globe Staff
The gaming floor.
The gaming floor.Lane Turner/Globe Staff
Cocktail servers at the casino.
Cocktail servers at the casino.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
On the casino floor, the Commonwealth Bar, done in dark rich colors, was designed to look like “an old-style haberdashery.” Pictured: A chandelier in the Commonwealth Bar.
On the casino floor, the Commonwealth Bar, done in dark rich colors, was designed to look like “an old-style haberdashery.” Pictured: A chandelier in the Commonwealth Bar.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
The Commonwealth Bar drink menu will include the $25,000 “Indian sidecar,” which is made with a 117-year-old Croizet cognac, Grand Marnier Quintessence, fresh lemon, and a gold sugar rim. If that price seems steep, it also comes with a new Indian motorcycle shipped to your house.
The Commonwealth Bar drink menu will include the $25,000 “Indian sidecar,” which is made with a 117-year-old Croizet cognac, Grand Marnier Quintessence, fresh lemon, and a gold sugar rim. If that price seems steep, it also comes with a new Indian motorcycle shipped to your house.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
Sports memorabilia at TAP Sports Bar in the MGM casino.
Sports memorabilia at TAP Sports Bar in the MGM casino.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
The bowling alley.
The bowling alley.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
A view of the South End Market at the casino.
A view of the South End Market at the casino.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
The South End Market food court sits just off the gaming floor.
The South End Market food court sits just off the gaming floor. Lane Turner/Globe Staff
One of the eateries at the casino.
One of the eateries at the casino.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
The Cal Mare restaurant.
The Cal Mare restaurant.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
The 250-room hotel occupies five stories above the casino. No two hotel rooms are identical.
The 250-room hotel occupies five stories above the casino. No two hotel rooms are identical. Lane Turner/Globe Staff
Guest rooms have a doorbell that also serves to ask for cleaning or no disturbances by showing different colors.
Guest rooms have a doorbell that also serves to ask for cleaning or no disturbances by showing different colors. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
The outside pool.
The outside pool.Lane Turner/Globe Staff
Some hotel suites have live-edge dining tables made from a tree that had stood on nearby Bliss Street.
Some hotel suites have live-edge dining tables made from a tree that had stood on nearby Bliss Street. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
The presidential suite. Rooms combine a lot of dark colors and neutrals, exposed concrete ceilings, brass lamps and Edison bulbs, leather, and natural woods.
The presidential suite. Rooms combine a lot of dark colors and neutrals, exposed concrete ceilings, brass lamps and Edison bulbs, leather, and natural woods.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
The bathroom in a garden deluxe suite.
The bathroom in a garden deluxe suite.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
The exterior deck at the garden deluxe suite.
The exterior deck at the garden deluxe suite.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
The bedroom in a garden deluxe suite.
The bedroom in a garden deluxe suite.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
A courtyard for guests features a large-scale chess board.
A courtyard for guests features a large-scale chess board.Lane Turner/Globe Staff
A golden lion by the parking garage entrance. The casino complex has a dozen entrances, breaking from the traditional casino model that funnels patrons through the gambling floor to reach the hotel and amenities.
A golden lion by the parking garage entrance. The casino complex has a dozen entrances, breaking from the traditional casino model that funnels patrons through the gambling floor to reach the hotel and amenities.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
What makes MGM Springfield’s design unusual for the gambling industry is how the development blends into the existing streetscape of the city’s South End.
What makes MGM Springfield’s design unusual for the gambling industry is how the development blends into the existing streetscape of the city’s South End.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
The Springfield Armory has been incorporated into the complex.
The Springfield Armory has been incorporated into the complex. Lane Turner/Globe Staff
The casino used some existing downtown facades with new construction built inside and behind them. It doesn’t try to soar or gleam; it tries to fit in.
The casino used some existing downtown facades with new construction built inside and behind them. It doesn’t try to soar or gleam; it tries to fit in.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
Mark Wahlberg addressed the media at MGM Springfield on Aug. 23. A new Wahlburgers restaurant will open soon inside the complex.
Mark Wahlberg addressed the media at MGM Springfield on Aug. 23. A new Wahlburgers restaurant will open soon inside the complex. Lane Turner
Michael Mathis, president and COO of MGM Springfield, greeted Governor Charlie Baker at a pre-opening press event on Aug. 23.
Michael Mathis, president and COO of MGM Springfield, greeted Governor Charlie Baker at a pre-opening press event on Aug. 23.Lane Turner/Globe Staff