SPRINGFIELD—It was a made for TV moment: the confetti, the standard mound of dirt, and the construction equipment. With great fanfare, gushing speeches and conveniently clear weather, MGM Springfield had its groundbreaking in the South End with the damaged Zanetti School as a backdrop.
The show as presented Tuesday morning never found its way into the media. News reports offered a much more measured description of the events. To an observer of the event itself, it might have been mistaken for Mayor Domenic Sarno’s reelection kickoff. Despite the standard Good Morning America-level of cheeriness of some Valley newscasts, the reports cast a rare hint of skepticism about the project.