$1.4 billion Las Vegas-style resort near D.C. more bad news for Delaware casinos


A $1.4 billion Las Vegas-style casino resort near Washington, D.C. opened Thursday.

Situated on a hill overlooking the Potomac, MGM National Harbor will put further pressure on Delaware casinos. The resort takes a page from other MGM properties in Las Vegas with amenities that include a garden conservatory and artwork.

The resort will feature views of of the Washington Monument, National Mall, U.S. Capitol, Potomac River, National Harbor and Old Town Alexandria. National Harbor is an ongoing development across the Potomac from Washington, D.C.

Attractions include:

  • Restaurants by celebrated chefs José Andrés, Marcus Samuelsson, and Michael and Bryan Voltaggio complementing an array of specialty and quick casual dining with 15 concepts in all.
  • The Theater at MGM National Harbor, a 3,000-seat entertainment venue .
  • A curated art program integrated throughout the resort featuring more than 70 local and national artists, in addition to a sculpted iron archway designed by Bob Dylan – his first permanent display of public art
  • The Conservatory at MGM National Harbor – a spectacular 15,000-square-foot floral attraction created by acclaimed designer Ed Libby that changes seasonally. The first exhibit, “Holiday Reflections,” features more than 150,000 flowers
  • Two original nightlife concepts from Clique Hospitality, pioneers of the Vegas nightlife scene, introducing the region’s first tableside mixology program.
  • A retail district.
  • A boutique hotel with 308 well-appointed rooms, including 74 suites ranging in size from 400 to 3,210 square feet and featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with magnificent views of the surrounding region
  • A 125,000-square-foot casino featuring an Asian gaming pit with 16 Macau-style Baccarat tables; more than 3,300 premium slot machines, including many first-to-market technology products; 126 table games; 39-table poker room; a luxury high-limit gaming room; and semi-private salons

“This level of private investment is unprecedented in the region, and so is what we’ve built,” said Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International. “MGM Resorts has long promoted global trade and travel –andMGM National Harborwill bea significantdriverofboth, strengthening Washington, D.C. as atouristmagnet.“

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