MGM Na­tional Har­bor now open for en­ter­tain­ment, gam­bling

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES jclinkscales@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JClink_En­qGaz

MGM Na­tional Har­bor of­fi­cials host- ed a me­dia pre­view Mon­day in­side the new $1.4 bil­lion lux­ury gam­ing re­sort. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from lo­cal and re­gional me­dia out­lets were given an ex­clu­sive tour of the prop­erty in­clud­ing its ho­tel lobby, con­ser­va­tory, casino, restau­rants, public art col­lec­tion and re­tail cor­ri­dor called “The Dis­trict.” The casi- no opened Thurs­day evening.

The 24-story, 308-room re­sort fea­tures ameni­ties and ex­pe­ri­ences for lo­cals and vis­i­tors from around the world. The casino alone, which has over 125,000 square feet of space, in­cludes more than 3,300 slot ma­chines, ta­ble games, a pok- er area, bar and its own cock­tail lounge, Blos­som.

Other ameni­ties in­clude 74 premier suites; two nightlife venues with cock­tail pro­grams; the MGM Na­tional Har­bor Her­itage Col­lec­tion fea­tur­ing art­work in­spired by the Cap­i­tal Re­gion’s her­itage; a lux­ury spa and salon; an in­ti­mate 3,000-seat the­ater in­tended to host big name en­ter­tain­ers and events; 50,000 square feet of meet­ing space; restau­rants from chefs Mar­cus Sa­muels­son, José An­drés and broth­ers Bryan and Michael Volt­ag­gio; and high-end branded re­tail in­clud­ing ac­tress Sarah Jessica Parker’s first stand­alone store, SJP.

Na­tional Mar­ket will boast nine dis­tinct venues, in­clud­ing Shake Shack, Dis­trict Deli, Bento Sushi Bar, S’Cream Ice Cream & Treats, Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Beer & Wine, Pap­pas Crab­cakes, Honey’s Fired Chicken & Donuts, Zizi’s Pizza, Amo Los Ta­cos Ta­que­ria Mex­i­cana, Volt­ag­gio Broth­ers Steak House, Star­bucks as well as Pan-Asian res­tau­rant Gin­ger and MGM’s own TAP Sports Bar.

A van­tage point from the en­trance on the first level where guests will be greeted by Liao Yibai’s chrome art piece, “Fight­ing Cash,” which shows the Chi­nese Yuan fight­ing the U.S. Dol­lar. There are hall­ways to the left that lead into MGM’s re­tail cor­ri­dor called ‘The Dis­trict,’ and the casino area. Guests will also find Bel­la­gio Patis­serie and world-renowned chef Mar­cus Sa­muels­son’s res­tau­rant, Mar­cus, which will be open 24/7.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES

The up­stairs area near the front desk fea­tures a lobby bar, MGM grand ball­room, 50,000 square feet of meet­ing space, re­strooms and con­ven­tion cen­ter.

Me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives check out the Pan-Asian res­tau­rant, Gin­ger, as MGM Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional Public Re­la­tions Man­ager Suzie Rugh leads a tour into a re­tail cor­ri­dor called “The Dis­trict.” Guests will find ac­tress Sarah Jessica Parker’s first stand­alone store, SJP, as they pass through a mix­ture of high-end re­tail stores and up­scale/ca­sual din­ing venues.

Guests will be able to pur­chase tick­ets at the box of­fice down­stairs as soon as they come off the es­ca­la­tor. Nearby ameni­ties in­clude an in­ti­mate 3,000-seat the­ater slated to host the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try’s big­gest acts and events.

One of MGM Na­tional Har­bor’s nightlife venues, Blos­som Cock­tail Lounge, lo­cated in­side the casino area.

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