US-based casino giant MGM Resorts has unveiled its vision for a fully-fledged integrated resort in New York, comprising a major expansion of its current Empire City Casino in Yonkers to MGM Empire City should it win one of three commercial casino licenses on offer.
The phase one design includes a comprehensive casino floor redevelopment and expansion, 5,000-capacity entertainment venue, state-of-the-art BetMGM sportsbook, food and beverage outlets by celebrated chefs, cocktail bars and lounges, technologically advanced meeting spaces and more, MGM said overnight.
The “complete property redevelopment” would see MGM Empire City shift from a video lottery terminal racino into a full-scale commercial casino with live-dealer table games, the newest slot machines and a high-limit gaming area.
New dining experiences would include a modern steakhouse, a casual Italian American experience and an authentic Asian noodle bar and eatery.
The entertainment venue would be a “first-of-its-kind” in the region, hosting A-list performers and events in a 5,000-capacity setting with “unrivalled views, cutting-edge acoustics and dedicated amenities,” the company explained.
“MGM Empire City’s entertainment venue will boost the region’s economy, attracting new events to the market and bringing together locals and tourists alike.”
A commercial casino license would also enable MGM Empire City to introduce The BetMGM Sportsbook & Lounge, with a 112-foot wrap-around LED screen, stadium seating, VIP areas, multiple betting kiosks and food and beverage operations, it added.
“MGM Resorts has a long and proud history of delivering world-class entertainment and gaming experiences, and we couldn’t be more excited to build on that track record at MGM Empire City,” said Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts President and CEO.
“A full-scale casino and entertainment destination will provide unparalleled experiences, create thousands of jobs, boost the state’s economy, and be a game-changer for the entire region.”
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano added, “This is a momentous opportunity for the City of Yonkers, and I’m excited for the future, knowing the development of MGM Empire City will create thousands of good-paying union jobs and the economic growth that will ensure our city continues to flourish and prosper.
“Already drawing millions of guests annually, this development plan will solidify Empire City’s status as a premier entertainment destination. Generations of Yonkers residents have worked at, enjoyed, and supported this historic property for 125 years, and I am excited about the significant impacts this project will have for residents now and for the next 125 years.”