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    MGM says initial attendance, revenues strong for new casino

    MGM officials say that attendance and revenue at the company’s nearly $1 billion casino in Springfield are exceeding expectations three weeks after it opened.

    MGM Springfield president Michael Mathis told state regulators Thursday that the hotel- casino-entertainment complex is averaging 50,000 daily visitors on weekends and 25,000 during the week.

    He said revenue has been similarly strong but declined to cite figures, as they’re expected to be released Monday by the state’s Gaming Commission.

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    Mathis said the casino is also meeting or exceeding most of its hiring targets for diversity.

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    He noted that the casino has had to impose new rules to deal with unattended children on the property, including a curfew for minors.

    MGM Springfield, which opened Aug. 24, is the first resort casino in Massachusetts.