MGM Resorts boosted the profile of its Empire Metropolis property within the race for a NYC on line casino license by unveiling plans for a “full-scale” industrial on line casino. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
A brand new Empire
MGM Resorts Worldwide has performed a possible trump card within the race for a New York Metropolis on line casino license by revealing plans for a “full scale industrial on line casino” in a revamp of its Empire Metropolis On line casino by MGM Resorts property.
rebrand the present property into MGM Empire Metropolis
MGM Resorts revealed on Thursday intensive plans to transition, redevelop, and rebrand the present property into MGM Empire Metropolis.
A information launch from the Las Vegas-based world leisure and hospitality big shared its imaginative and prescient to remodel the property that, since 2006, has operated as a racino, with video lottery terminals and digital desk video games below its current lottery license.
The brand new-look MGM Empire Metropolis would entail a “complete on line casino flooring redevelopment and growth […] and a state-of-the-art BetMGM sportsbook.”
MGM Resort’s Yonkers on line casino was already a favourite to safe one among solely three licenses up for grabs in New York Metropolis. Just like the Genting Group’s Resorts World New York Metropolis, MGM has current infrastructure downstate in Empire Metropolis, a USP for state lawmakers.
Hornbuckle, mayor up the ante
President and Chief Govt Officer of MGM Resorts Invoice Hornbuckle wasted no time in upping the on line casino license PR ante, stating his agency “couldn’t be extra excited” with the proposed MGM Empire Metropolis undertaking the CEO dubbed “a game-changer for the complete area.”
Hornbuckle added that the swap to a full-scale industrial on line casino and leisure hub would “create 1000’s of jobs” and increase New York’s economic system.
The non-casino plans embody a 5,000-capacity leisure venue with “unmatched views” and a number of eating additions that includes “celebrated cooks, cocktail bars and lounges.” Highlights of the proposed BetMGM Sportsbook & Lounge at MGM Empire Metropolis are a “112-foot wrap-around LED display screen, stadium seating, VIP areas, a number of betting kiosks.”
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano added to Hornbuckle’s pitch, stating MGM Empire Metropolis will create “1000’s of good-paying union jobs.”
Spano likened Empire Metropolis On line casino to a neighborhood hub for Yonkers residents for 125 years, and stated he was enthusiastic about how the following 125 will go, ought to the undertaking be awarded a license.
Becoming a member of in the neighborhood hub refrain was Normal Supervisor of Empire Metropolis On line casino, Ed Domingo. Within the information launch Domingo said that when MGM purchased Empire Metropolis in 2019, it was to develop into custodian of “a historic establishment” that has served generations of New Yorkers as an leisure meet-up, a “source of jobs for the community, and a driver of economic development.”
Domingo added that Empire Metropolis was excited to convey its subsequent chapter to the NYC neighborhood it serves.