MGM Empire City Casino is Coming to Yonkers, New York


With MGM Resorts International’s new plans for Empire City Casino, a new era of entertainment is on the horizon in Yonkers, New York.

Continue reading below if you want to learn more about the latest NY Casino project.

Revitalizing the Casino Experience

At the core of MGM’s vision is a complete overhaul of the existing venue floor. Transitioning from a video lottery terminal racino to a full-scale commercial casino, the new MGM Empire City aims to offer an unparalleled retail casino experience.

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What’s more, this transformation includes the introduction of live-dealer table games, cutting-edge slot machines, and an exclusive high-limit gaming area catering to a diverse range of preferences.

The planned 5,000-seat venue at MGM Empire City will host A-list performers and events, offering state-of-the-art acoustics and incredible views.

As a first-of-its-kind in the area, it will significantly enhance the local economy by attracting both tourists and residents.

The redevelopment extends to the culinary and social experiences, with several new dining options on the horizon.

From a modern steakhouse and a casual Italian-American eatery to an authentic Asian noodle bar, MGM Empire City aims to cater to every palate.

The addition of cocktail bars, lounges, and revamped existing food courts will create vibrant social spaces for guests.

However, the project is not just about entertainment; it’s a major economic driver.

MGM Empire City is set to become a vital asset for Yonkers, with its potential to create thousands of jobs and drive economic growth. Undeniably, this development is a testament to the city’s resilience and forward-thinking spirit.

  Did you know...
  • Did you know… MGM Resorts acquired Empire City Casino in 2019, becoming stewards of a historic New York institution?
  • Did you know... Empire City Casino has been a key entertainment spot for New Yorkers since October 2006?
  • Did you know… Yonkers Raceway, part of the Empire City site, has been a renowned horse racing track since 1899?
  • Did you know… Empire City is the largest casino floor in MGM Resorts’ domestic portfolio, spanning 160,000 square feet?
  • Did you know… MGM Empire City’s development could spark over $1 billion in new economic activity for the region?

A Bright Future Ahead

Representing the city, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, had this to say about the MGM project:

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.”

Bill Hornbuckle, President and CEO of MGM Resorts, commented in regards to the new NY casino plans:

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. 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.”

As MGM Resorts International sets its sights on Yonkers, the future has lots to offer in terms of entertainment and new city revenue. We can’t wait to see how this project turns out!


Yes, it’s a significant upgrade from the existing video lottery terminal racino to a full-scale commercial casino.

MGM Empire City will offer a mix of gaming, live performances, and diverse dining experiences.

It will provide job opportunities, boost the economy, and enhance the city’s entertainment landscape.

Yes, the BetMGM Sportsbook & Lounge is part of the plan, with a 112-foot LED screen and VIP areas.

MGM Empire City will offer live-dealer table games, the latest slot machines, and a high-limit gaming area.

The opening date of MGM Empire City is not specified yet, depending on the commercial casino license approval.

Catie Di Stefano has worked in the gambling industry since 2011 for major brands like Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Gaming Innovation Group and Betsson Group. She started in customer support at age 19 and has since worked her way through VIP, CRM and Marketing. Today, Catie is passionate about educating players on consumer rights and the best approaches for legal play in the United States as the Director of Community Marketing at Catie was born in Indonesia but grew up in Sweden. Currently, she resides in Spain with her two daughters.

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