Press Releases

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09.09.2020 - Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts To Reopen Monday, September 21

Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts (“Empire City”) today announced that it will reopen in a limited capacity to the public at 10:00am on Monday, September 21 , following closure earlier this year amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Hosted, invitation-only access will be available to certain MLife members ahead of September 21st. Upon re-opening, there will be restrictions on capacity and food and beverage availability, per state regulation. “This has been an unimaginably difficult and challenging time, and as we reopen our doors and welcome back team members and guests, we owe our gratitude to all healthcare and essential workers and those providing resources to the community,” said Bill Hornbuckle, CEO and President of MGM Resorts. “It’s been several months since we were forced to close, so it is with strong emotion that we welcome our team members back to work. Health and safety remain our first priority, and our commitment to New York has never been stronger.”

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03.12.2020 - Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts Temporarily Suspends Racing Operations at Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY – Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts (“Empire City”) announced today the suspension of racing operations at its harness track, Yonkers Raceway, through Wednesday, March 18th. Empire City learned on Tuesday, March 10th that an employee of the Standardbred Owners Association (“SOA”), the harness horsemen association, tested positive for COVID-19 before passing away. The individual had an office in the Yonkers Raceway paddock building located next to the racetrack and was last there on February 28, 2020. His death was announced Tuesday, March 10th by New Jersey officials, as he was a resident of that state. As a precaution, racing was canceled on March 10th and employees who had direct contact with the individual were provided with information to secure testing, self-quarantine, and advised to contact their healthcare providers if they are experiencing symptoms. Professional cleaners were engaged to deep clean and sanitize the impacted areas, including the race office and paddock.

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03.10.2020 - MGM Resorts International Statement on COVID-19 Case Involving Yonkers Raceway at Empire City Casino

LAS VEGAS, NV – MGM Resorts International (the “Company” or “MGM Resorts”) today was informed of a case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) involving an employee of the Standardbred Owners Association (“SOA”), the harness horsemen racing association, who was based in the Yonkers Raceway race office. The Company released the following statement: “We just learned that an employee of the Standardbred Owners Association, working in the racing office of Yonkers Raceway, located next to the racetrack and paddock, tested positive for the coronavirus before passing away. His death was announced today by New Jersey officials, as he was a resident of the state. We believe the last time he was on the property to be approximately eight days ago. We offer our condolences to his family during this difficult time. As a result of this development, the racetrack will be shut down as of this afternoon, and we have asked employees who worked in the immediate area to self-quarantine. We will continue to coordinate with and follow the guidance of health officials and support them in their response and prevention efforts.”

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02.21.2020 - Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts Announces First Residency with Yonkers’ Own Guss Hayes and the Guss Hayes Band

The Guss Hayes Band was the property’s first musical performance when Empire City Casino opened in 2006.

YONKERS, NY – Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts (“Empire City”) announced its first residency with local legend Guss Hayes and the Guss Hayes Band. The six-month engagement at the Northeast entertainment destination will begin Wednesday, March 4 and continue the first Wednesday of every month through August 2020. The Guss Hayes Band will perform two shows in the Entertainment Lounge at noon and 2 pm, and will feature the vocals of Hayes, accompanied by band members Philip Shimmel on drums, Jorgen Kjaer on keyboard, Paula Atherton on saxophone and flute, and Richard Pontrelli on guitar. The band was the property’s first group to perform when Empire City Casino opened in 2006 and has been a fan-favorite of the entertainment lineup.

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01.22.2020 - Empire City Casino Launches Ticket Sales for 6th Annual Irish Concert

Legendary Irish-American Bands Shilelagh Law and Celtic Cross to Perform March 8.

YONKERS, NY – Irish charm and Irish sounds will make their way to Empire City Casino for the sixth annual Irish Concert on Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m. Music fans can enjoy St. Patrick’s Day festivities early with the finest Celtic tunes performed by the exceedingly popular New York City-based Irish-American bands, Shilelagh Law and Celtic Cross. The Pipes and Drums of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester, comprised of police officers from a majority of the 39 Police Departments within Westchester County, will also perform.

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01.09.2020 - Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts Appoints Ed Domingo as President and Chief Operating Officer

Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts (“Empire City”) has announced gaming and hospitality veteran Ed Domingo as President and Chief Operating Officer. Domingo is being promoted from his position as Empire City’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the country’s sixth largest gaming floor and the 120-year-old historic Yonkers Raceway, in addition to its 1,000+ employees, and the overall experience of its nine million annual visitors.

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