About MGM Empire City

A new chapter is beginning

The city, county, and state have welcomed MGM Resorts as a new member of the community. We’re committed to investing in Yonkers -- and we’re excited about what’s next.

Learn more below about the history of Empire City Casino in Yonkers and our bold plans for the future.

History of Empire City Casino


Empire City Trotting Club, which later becomes Yonkers Raceway, a 97-acre parcel of property in the City of Yonkers, is built.


After New York State approved the installment of video lottery terminals (VLTs) at the state’s harness racetracks, Empire City Casino opens with 1,870 VLT’s , later adding 120,000 square-feet of new space and gradually increasing the number of VLTs to over 5,200.


Another $50 million expansion adds 66,000 additional square feet, grand entrance, two new restaurants, two bowling lanes, a lounge, and 30,000 square-feet of new gaming space. The expansion creates 200 construction jobs and another 100 permanent jobs.


New York Gaming Commission approves MGM Resorts’ acquisition of Empire City Casino. This approval resulted in an $850M investment.

Empire City Casino Today

Empire City Casino is the largest private employer in Yonkers, supporting more than 1,200 jobs and generating millions for New York’s economy and public education.

The Best Is Yet To Come

Empire City Casino is already the largest private employer in Yonkers, generating millions for New York’s economy and public education.

MGM Empire City Casino – a full gaming resort, subject to regulatory authorization, would provide an attractive way to keep entertainment and tourism dollars here in New York, resulting in additional tax revenue and more quality union jobs.

Our Company

Across the country, we partner with local organizations that are boldly addressing their communities’ unique challenges. In addition to corporate giving and employee contributions to the MGM Resorts Foundation, our team devotes thousands of hours to volunteer with nonprofits enabling a greener future and delivering social services to those in need, including children with disabilities, at-risk youth, the homeless and seniors.