Resorts World New York accelerates opening
by Stephen Geffon
Mar 22, 2011 | 4452 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The new racino at Aqueduct will open its doors with far more components in place months earlier than expected, according to Resorts World New York, the casino’s developer, who set the date as late summer 2011.

The developer said 2,500 video lottery terminals (VLTs) will be operational – rather than the 1,600 originally slated – when the casino opens. Genting spokesman Stefan Friedman said the first 2,500 VLTs are expected to generate $45 million per month in gross gaming revenue.

“This accelerated schedule will allow for not only a more robust opening and better customer experience with more food and beverage facilities than previously planned,” said Mike Speller, President of Resorts World New York Casino,” but the completion of the facility – including the operation of all 4,525 video lottery terminals - by the end of 2011, three months ahead of schedule.”

With the accelerated schedule – which will now take place in two phases, rather than three – not only will more VLTs be operational when the first stage launches, but the main entry, the international buffet and the parking garage will be part of the initial opening, as well.

Phase one will also include a seven-outlet food court, the 360 Bar and entertainment space and a grab-and-go quick food outlet. Elements originally slated for phase three, including the building of a skybridge connecting the A train station to the casino entrance, will now be completed by the end of this year, rather than Spring 2012.

Other elements opening in phase two include the remaining 2,000 VLTs, two fine dining restaurants - Genting Palace and RW Prime - an additional grab-and-go quick food outlet, Colony Lounge, the VIP Crockfords Casino, and another bar with views of the first-floor entertainment bar.

Once fully operational, Resorts World New York is expected to permanently employ about 1,000 workers in the entertainment, hospitality, security and food-service fields and generate $650 million per year in gross revenue.

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