Jim Murren, CEO of gambling and hospitality giant MGM international has said that he sees multiple different opportunities in the Empire City Casino hinting at the addition of sports, entertainment and dining facilities at the gambling venue.
Talking to Lohud, at the Business Council of Westchester’s annual meeting in Rye Brook, Murren spoke about the plans he has in mind for the Empire City Casino.
Earlier this year in January, MGM Resorts acquired the property for approximately $850m, with the company agreeing to pay an additional $50m if Empire City was awarded a license for live table games on prior to December 31, 2022.
“We’re the company that brought the Vegas Golden Knights to Vegas, we host the Vegas Aces… we’re the ones who helped the soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders come to Las Vegas. And we work very deeply with the NBA in their summer league. Sports and live entertainment is a very big part of what we do,” Murren explained.
“We are really differentiated in how we use sports and entertainment to have a conversation,” he added. “Clearly, we are thinking very strongly about sports and entertainment, expanding food and beverage offerings, making more of a regional destination in terms of conference space and business.”
“When you have 97 acres in Yonkers, the development canvas that you have to paint on is rich, diverse and exciting,” he said.