Aqueduct casino has huge opening draw

November 2, 2011 4:51:20 AM PDT
More than 65,000 New Yorkers and tourists made their way to the long-awaited opening of Resorts World Casino New York City in Queens on opening weekend.

The casino officially opened to the public at 1 p.m. on Friday, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony that celebrated the opening just one year to the day after groundbreaking.

"We were truly humbled by the astounding welcome we received on opening weekend, this reception exceeded everyone's expectations," said Michael Speller, President of Resorts World New York. "We are thrilled to welcome the public to this extraordinary new entertainment venue which employs 1,350 New Yorkers from the Queens and immediately surrounding communities."

The more than 65,000 Resorts World New York patrons were treated to first-class gaming and entertainment all weekend and were attended to by an enthusiastic staff, carefully selected from a pool of 41,000 local applicants.

Guests arrived from the nearby JFK International Airport, the Q37 bus stop - located on the property - and via the A Train North Conduit subway stop.

By the end of 2011, the property will feature a new covered skybridge connecting the Aqueduct MTA station directly to the casino, allowing even greater access. More amenities, including two restaurants with more than 200 seats each, the largest event space in Queens and a total of nearly 2,500 additional video lottery terminals and electronic table games, will also go online in mid-December.