MGM Resorts announces Empire City Casino renovation project

December 1, 2023
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The company plans to add an entertainment venue and expand the casino gaming floor.

MGM Resorts International has released plans to rebrand and redesign the Empire City Casino, pending approval for a full-scale commercial casino license. The company will transform the Yonkers, New York casino into MGM Empire City.

Part of the redesign involves an expansion of the current casino’s gaming floor, adding a BetMGM sportsbook and putting in an entertainment venue that will seat up to 5,000.

MGM Resorts President and CEO Bill Hornbuckle described the project as a “game changer” fort the city and said the company is excited to rebrand the site.

He commented, "MGM Resorts has a long and proud history of delivering 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."

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano expressed his enthusiasm for the project and noted that the expansion and rebranding could potentially benefit city residents.

He said, "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."

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