MD -- MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino (including Opening Night):
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- Description of Pictures: The opened the casino at 11pm. I don't gamble (and I worry about people who do) so casinos to me are only interesting for the crowds and the art but I thought I'd go anyway. I planned on getting there about 11:40pm but they had already reached capacity and weren't letting people in. I parked at a nearby mall, walked to the place in the biting cold winds, stood outside with the crowd for awhile until my bladder said that was enough, and left.
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- MGM_161208_116.JPG: Yep. "At Capacity" as in no one else was allowed in. The casino had opened a little early that opening night -- 10:30pm instead of the planned 11pm -- and maxed out by 11:15pm.
- MGM_161208_247.JPG: The crowd waiting to get in. I don't know how many stuck around. After 20 minutes or so among the cold and the smokers, my bladder told me it was time to get home.
- MGM_161208_257.JPG: Some views through the front windows
- MGM_161212_130.JPG: Bathrooms have soap, water, and hand driers
- Wikipedia Description: MGM National Harbor
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MGM National Harbor is a US$1.4 billion resort casino resort in National Harbor, Maryland. The casino resort opened on December 8, 2016, and is operated by MGM Resorts International.
MGM National Harbor is being developed on 23 acres near Interstate 495 and north of National Harbor's waterfront district. It is located near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and approximately 10 miles (16 km) from Washington, D.C.
MGM Resorts International received a license in December 2013 to develop a US$925 million resort (later increased to US$1.2 billion) in National Harbor. The company received the license after competing with bids from Penn National Gaming to develop a US$700 million facility at its Rosecroft Raceway and Greenwood Racing to develop a US$761 million facility near Maryland Route 210.
Construction on MGM National Harbor began in April 2014, and opened on December 8, 2016. Doors officially opened after 10:30 p.m., 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled time. Within an hour, almost every seat on the gaming floor was filled.
The white exterior of the building is in keeping with the marble used in many of the buildings in Washington DC. The organization of the casino is along a central axis, similar to the arrangement for the National Mall. The design was provided by HKS, Inc. while the architect of record for the project is SmithGroupJJR.
In April 2015 the MGM casino was sued by a group of Prince George’s County businesses who claimed the casino didn't comply with minority-business contracting standards.
Once completed, MGM National Harbor will include 23-story hotel with 308 rooms, 135,000 square feet (12,500 m2) in gaming space, retail space, a spa, seven restaurants, a 3,000-seat theater, 27,000 square feet (2,500 m2) of meeting and event space, and a parking garage for 4,800 cars.
The gaming space features 126 table games, 3,300 slot machines and a poker room with 39 tables.
The resort's public spaces will feature a permanent collection of art inspired by the Washington metropolitan area and developed in collaboration with Prince George's County Arts and Humanities Council, Atlantic Arts, and RareCulture. Artists, sculptors, and photographers featured in the collection include Alice Aycock, Charles Hinman, Chul Hyun Ahn, John Safer, Liao Yibai, Margaret Boozer, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Sam Gilliam, and Terry O'Neill. The west entrance to the facility features a 25 foot by 15 foot iron archway designed by Bob Dylan.
On December 18, 2016 the 66th edition of the Miss World pageant will be held at the theater of the casino resort.
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