Empire City Casino executives were joined Wednesday afternoon on the country’s sixth largest gaming floor by local, county and state elected officials, as well as community and business leaders, to celebrate the property’s first major upgrades since being acquired less than 10 months ago by MGM Resorts International.
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In addition to the M life Rewards integration, casino executives unveiled new, upgraded sections of the property including a new VIP gaming floor and a VIP lounge that features retro bowling lanes and will offer snacks and an open bar to Platinum and Noir tier M life Rewards members Thursday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
“MGM Resorts has officially arrived in New York, bringing its world class hospitality, benefits and brand recognition to Manhattan’s closest casino,” said Uri Clinton, president & COO of Empire City Casino. “We are currently investing in the property, our neighborhoods and the region, and are excited for what the future holds for our more than 9 million visitors. This is just the beginning.”
MGM Resorts purchased Empire City Casino for $850 million in January 2019 with a vision of developing the 97-acre property into an integrated resort and showcasing its economic potential across the region and state. MGM Resorts has been fully engaged in community outreach to hear from area residents what amenities they would like to see developed at the property. Officials indicate that these current upgrades demonstrate the commitment the company has to the New York region and to ensuring visitors enjoy an unparalleled entertainment experience.
“We at the BCW are so excited to see all the new developments taking place at Empire City Casino,” said Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of the BCW. “It was an incredible privilege to have MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren at our annual dinner this year, and we know this is still just the start of amazing things still to come in Yonkers.”
As one of New York State’s most successful video lottery terminal casinos, Empire City Casino generates more than $300 million annually for the New York State education fund, with sustainable year-over-year growth. Empire City is beginning its transformation into an international destination as it continues its quest for a full commercial gaming license, which would allow live dealer table games, Vegas-style slot machines, and sports betting. For more information about Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts and upcoming events, please visit www.empirecitycasino.com.
The BCW’s Charlene Nixon, Senior Director of Membership, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and unveiling with Senator Shelley Mayer, Assembly Member Nader Sayegh, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, County Legislators David Tubiolo and Terry Clements, Yonkers City Council Members John Rubbo, Michael Sabatino & Shanae Williams, Director of Westchester Tourism Natasha Caputo, Yonkers Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Cacace, Nepperhan Community Center Executive Director Jim Bostic, Untermeyer Arts Council President Mary Hoar, Executive Director of the Yonkers Office of Workforce Development Sean McGrail, President of the Construction Industry Council Ross Pepe, Dan & Mike Minerva of Empress Ambulance Company, founders of the Yonkers Film Festival Dave Steck and Patty Schumann, and President of United Black Clergy of Westchester Reverend Troy DeCohen, Rene Rodriguez, owner of Don Coqui Restaurant in White Plains, and Raphael Bonilla of Yonkers Hispanic Cultural Foundation.