7,000-seat concert hall planned as part of Resorts World casino expansion at NYC’s Aqueduct Racetrack

A plan to build a concert hall in New York City’s only casino could draw superstars like Katy Perry and Enrique Iglesias to Queens.

Resorts World Slots Parlor at Aqueduct Racecourse announced plans on Thursday in hopes of securing one of three casino licenses in County Down to offer table games including blackjack, baccarat, poker and craps are doing.

In addition to table games, expansion plans also include a stylish 7,000-seat entertainment venue that will host global superstars.

The casino already houses Las Vegas venue Resorts World Theater and is currently hosting a residency by country songstress Carrie Underwood.

Luke Bryant, Jake Worthington, Tiesto and Ludacris also performed at the Las Vegas theater. Comedians DL Hughley, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Theo Fung also appear.

The development plan is expected to create 5,000 jobs, primarily in union construction, and 5,000 permanent service jobs.

Resorts World at Aqueduct opened in 2011 after receiving a state license to offer video lottery terminal slots and other electronic gambling games.

Malaysian gaming giant Genting, which owns the Suidobashi gambling facility, had always envisioned expanding the casino to offer table games.

The casino giant has committed $50 million to cover the costs of setting up the Genting Innovation Campus. The campus also includes a sports academy named after Queen’s hoops legend Kenny “The Jet” Smith, who won two NBA championships with the Houston Rockets.

“Resorts World came to me with a clear goal of developing tomorrow’s athletes, student-athletes and leaders on and off the court,” said Smith, a LeFrac City native and Archbishop Molloy graduate. said in a statement to the Post.

Aqueduct Racetrack’s Resorts World Slots Parlor reveals plans to apply for a state license to offer live table games, including a 7,000-seat entertainment venue to host global superstars . Victor Alcorn

“Their investment in this academy will help teach the next generation the nuances of the game on and off the court, as well as the social, economic and cultural impact of sport. “We are excited to partner with them to improve the district and take it to the next level,” he added.

Queen’s Racino will expand on Aqueduct Racetrack’s current facilities, from initial construction to the 400-room Hyatt Regency JFK Airport, which opened in 2021 and brought the region’s first four-star hotel in generations. invested $1.1 billion in.

Resorts World is New York State’s largest taxpayer and has generated more than $4 billion in revenue to support the state’s public education fund since the gaming facility first opened more than 12 years ago.

Further details are expected to be announced at Thursday’s press conference, which will include an A-list entertainer with roots in Queens and a celebrity chef who will be brought in to lead food service at the gaming venue. is.

An illustration of the proposed 7,000-seat concert hall at Aqueduct Resorts World Casino. The audience is gathering.
Resorts World is New York State’s largest taxpayer and has generated more than $4 billion in revenue to support the state’s public education fund since the gaming facility first opened more than 12 years ago.

Other bidders seeking state gambling licenses include the state, which last November announced plans for a casino complex that would include a hotel and music venue named “Metropolitan Park” next to the baseball team’s Citi Field. This includes billionaire Mets owner Steve Cohen.

There is also intense competition from other developers and casino operators who are collaborating on plans to build casinos in Times Square, Hudson Yards, Coney Island, and possibly Ferry Point in the Bronx. There, gaming operator Bally’s is replacing the Trump Organization as operator of the casino. Golf course.

But Resorts World at Aqueduct already has a strong track record here and internationally, with deep support from local Queens politicians, making its bid a formidable one.