MGM Resorts Unveils Bold New Vision for MGM Empire City
In what would provide a major boost for the region’s economy, MGM Resorts International has unveiled its vision to transition BCW Member Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts into a world-class entertainment destination, MGM Empire City, if awarded a commercial casino license by New York State. The BCW has been an active and long-standing advocate for granting a full gaming license for Empire City Casino.
The key element of the first phase of MGM Empire City’s design would include 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 Empire City’s development plans feature a complete property redevelopment shifting 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 for the most discerning casino guests. The design includes the addition of several new destination dining experiences, including a modern steakhouse, a casual quick-serve Italian American experience and an authentic Asian noodle bar and eatery.
“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, President and Chief Executive Officer, MGM Resorts. “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 said, “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.”
“As a strong advocate for a full gaming license for Empire City Casino, the BCW is thrilled to see this incredible vision for transforming this important property into a dynamic engine of economic growth, creating thousands of new jobs and generating millions in tax revenue for our region. We applaud MGM Resorts for this exciting and transformative plan for a world-class entertainment destination,” said BCW President and CEO Marsha Gordon. The BCW is the co-chair of the “A Sure Bet for New York,” a coalition of business, labor and not-for-profits who support the full-gaming license.
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