MGM National Harbor Officially Opens

Fireworks light up National Harbor as the doors to the MGM Casino and Resort officially open to the public.

Check out this live stream from my behind the scenes tour:

It’s finally a reality: After nearly 4 years and 1.4 billion dollars, the MGM National Harbor is live.

At 11:00 – the doors opened to the general public and from that point on, they will never close again. MGM National Harbor will be open 24/7. Before they opened Thursday evening, about 5,000 special guests got to attend and exclusive party. “We are from Prince George’s County and we just came back from Vegas. So to come back and see this in our home town is unbelievable,” says Terry Roberts.

Shop owners stood proudly at their new store front, like Krista Johnson of Ella Rue. “We are so blessed to be a part of this family,” says Johnson. “I think people will realize it’s more than a casino, it’s a resort, it’s a shopping destination, I just don’t think people will realize it until they come.”

Celebrities like Jose Andres, the Voltaggio brothers and Sarah Jessica Parker were on hand. Everyone in attendance realized just how special Thursday evening was. “It’s absolutely beautiful,” says another guest. “Lots of lights, lots of glamour, lots of fun, lots of gambling and beautiful people.”


The glitz and the glam, the fame and the potential for fortune, it was all there. The possibilities inside were endless, too. As are the rewards for Prince George’s County: hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue and 2,000 new jobs.

Vegas, schmagas, tonight, the spotlight is on Prince George’s County. “I don’t think anything in the history of DC has ever been this grand,” says Johnson. “It feels like prom!”


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