2011-10-21 / Top Stories

Aqueduct Announces Grand Opening

By Nicholas Briano

An artist rendering of the new Aqueduct Racetrack. An artist rendering of the new Aqueduct Racetrack. An artist rendering of the new Aqueduct Racetrack.

The operators of the new Aqueduct racetrack casino are planning on opening their doors just in time to revive the fall racing season at the struggling racetrack.

Genting Resorts World casino will open their doors on October 28, just in time to coincide with the racing season’s November 4 kickoff.

The casino is expected to take in $10 billion in annual bets and provide $500 million in revenue to the state.

Its arrival will also add more than 1,300 jobs to the city. The first phase of the casino, the facility’s first floor, will open with 2,480 new video lottery terminals followed in December with the opening of the second floor, which will bring an additional 2,515 slots and virtual table games such as roulette, craps, baccarat and the Asian card game, Sic Bo.

Food court offerings will include burgers, fried chicken, deli foods and a Wolfgang Puck Express. Gamblers can also enjoy drinks and panoramic views of the racetrack from the new Bar 360 and lounge.

The casino is sure to revive the aging Aqueduct racetrack whose last full renovation occurred more than 50 years ago. The first floor will also include a performance stage with a 16 x 30 foot high definition screen. The second floor will feature two full-service restaurants that include a steakhouse, and Genting Palace, a Chinese restaurant. Besides providing full-time jobs for the casino’s everyday operation, 1,300 construction jobs have also been provided at the facility to get it ready for its grand opening.

Parking will be accommodated by an adjacent six-story 2,500 space parking garage.

The A train station will also enjoy a facelift that features a fully-enclosed crosswalk from the station directly to the casino.

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