MGM Unveils Vision for Maryland Casino Resort

MGM Resorts International has presented to the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission its proposal for a $925 million casino resort in National Harbor, Md., it announced last month.

As Successful Meetings reported last spring, MGM is one of three companies — along with Penn National Gaming and Greenwood Racing Inc. — competing to build and operate a casino in Maryland after voters there approved a gaming expansion in November 2012. Its plans call for a casino with 3,600 slots and 140 table games; a 300-suite hotel with a luxury spa and a rooftop pool; high-end retail; a 1,200-seat theater venue; a 5,000-space parking structure; and 35,000 square feet of meeting space.

MGM’s plans are designed to appeal to foodies, in particular, calling for seven restaurants and a food court in order to make its resort not only a gaming and meetings destination, but also a culinary destination.

“From the southern-style barbeque and delicious comfort food from Gina and Pat Neely, to haute cuisine from James Beard award winner Andrew Carmellini, and Maryland’s own Voltaggio Brothers, MGM National Harbor will be a destination for food lovers from all over the region — and beyond,” MGM Resorts President and Chief Marketing Officer Bill Hornbuckle said in a statement.

The Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission is expected to award a casino license by the end of this year. If MGM is chosen, its resort could open as early as 2016.

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