MGM releases renderings for proposed Empire City Casino

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MGM Resorts tipped its hand at last at what it might do with MGM Empire City if granted one of the three downstate casino licenses in New York.

On Wednesday the group revealed prospective plans for a remodel of the property to take it from a VLT racino to a full-blown resort casino property.

“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.”

The plans for a remodeled property include fully overhauling all restaurants into high-end eateries, performance venue, and parking garage.

“When MGM Resorts acquired Empire City Casino in 2019, we knew we were becoming stewards of a historic institution that has served generations of New Yorkers as a gathering place for entertainment, a source of jobs for the community, and a driver of economic development. As MGM Resorts prepares to enter its sixth year at the helm of this iconic property, we are excited to be able to combine the knowledge we have developed of the New York market with our expertise as a global entertainment brand, to bring the next chapter of New York’s entertainment landscape to the incredible community we are part of,” said Empire City Casino General Manager Ed Domingo.

There are also plans for an expansive area called TheBetMGM Sportsbook and Lounge, which will include a 112-foot, wraparound LED screen with stadium seating.

Unlike some other proposed downstate casinos, this is a project that has the support of the local government.

“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,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano.

MGM Empire City is considered a frontrunner for one of the three downstate licenses along with Resorts World New York City since they are existing venues as opposed to new projects.

The casino selection committee is currently processing its second round of questions from prospective licensees and should publish answers in the coming weeks.