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MGM Resorts International unveiled plans today to transform Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts into MGM Empire City. This new venue would feature a 5,000-seat entertainment venue, BetMGM Sportsbook, restaurants by celebrity chefs, cocktail bars and lounges, and live table games if it can secure a New York commercial casino license.
MGM Empire City would redevelop the existing property from a video lottery terminal racino into a full-scale casino with live table games, slot machines, and high-limit gaming. Several new dining venues, including a modern steakhouse, a casual quick-serve Italian American experience, and an authentic Asian noodle bar would be opened. Existing venues like Big Kitchen food court and The Pub sports bar would be transformed into new, high-end food concepts.
The BetMGM Sportsbook & Lounge will offer guests a 112-foot wrap-around LED screen, stadium seating, VIP areas, multiple betting kiosks, and several food and beverage operations.
The entertainment venue will be the first-of-its-kind in the region. It will offer a venue worthy of A-list performers and events with 5,000 seats and cutting-edge acoustics. MGM Resorts is the third-largest ticket seller for live performances in the United States. It has the staggering capacity to seat more than 100,000 people a night across entertainment venues globally.
All of these plans are contingent on New York awarding MGM Resorts a commercial casino license.
Bill Hornbuckle, President and Chief Executive Officer of MGM Resorts, said:
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. 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.”
Anthony’s Take: Casinos continue to become more ubiquitous and this redevelopment looks promising. I hope MGM Resorts gets its license and is able to open MGM Empire City.
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