MGM National Harbor

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Coordinates: 38°47′41.4″N 77°00′34.5″W / 38.794833°N 77.009583°W / 38.794833; -77.009583

MGM National Harbor
MGM National Harbor logo.png
MGM Grand Opening (31159053010).jpg
Main entrance to casino (c.2016)
Location National Harbor
Address 101 MGM National Ave
Oxon Hill, MD 20745-4731
Opening dateDecember 8, 2016
No. of rooms308
Total gaming space135,000 sq ft (12,500 m2)
Signature attractionsThe Theater at MGM National Harbor
Casino typeLand-based
OwnerMGM Resorts International
WebsiteCasino Website

The MGM National Harbor is a US$1.4 billion resort in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The resort opened on December 8, 2016,[1] and is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International.[2][3][4][5]


MGM National Harbor is situated on 23 acres near Interstate 495 and north of National Harbor's waterfront district. It is located near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and approximately 10 miles (16 km) from Washington, D.C.[3]


Construction of MGM National Harbor in March 2015

MGM Resorts International received a license in December 2013 to develop a US$925 million resort[3] (later increased to US$1.2 billion[4][5]) in National Harbor.[2][5] The company received the license after competing with bids from Penn National Gaming to develop a US$700 million facility at its Rosecroft Raceway and Greenwood Racing to develop a US$761 million facility near Maryland Route 210.[5]

Construction on MGM National Harbor began in April 2014,[3][4] and opened on December 8, 2016.[1]


The white exterior of the building is in keeping with the marble used in many of the buildings in Washington DC. The organization of the casino is along a central axis, similar to the arrangement for the National Mall.[6] The design was provided by HKS, Inc. while the architect of record for the project is SmithGroupJJR.[7]


MGM National Harbor includes a 23-story hotel with 308 rooms, 135,000 square feet (12,500 m2) in gaming space, retail space, a spa, seven restaurants, a 3,000-seat theater with seven VIP suites, 27,000 square feet (2,500 m2) of meeting and event space, and a parking garage for 4,800 cars.[2][3][4]

The resort's public spaces feature a permanent collection of art inspired by the Washington metropolitan area and developed in collaboration with Prince George's County Arts and Humanities Council, Atlantic Arts, and RareCulture.[8][9] Artists, sculptors, and photographers featured in the collection include Alice Aycock, Charles Hinman, Chul Hyun Ahn, John Safer, Liao Yibai, Margaret Boozer, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Sam Gilliam, and Terry O'Neill.[8][9] The west entrance to the facility features a 25-by-15-foot (7.6 m × 4.6 m) iron archway composed of "found objects" such as farming tools, children's toys, wheels and axes designed by Bob Dylan.[10]

Legal Actions and MBE Participation[edit]

In April 2015, the MGM casino was sued by a group of Prince George’s County businesses[11] who claimed the casino didn't comply with minority-business contracting standards.[12][13] However, in its compliance report in accordance with its Community Benefits Agreement with Prince George's County, verified by a third party monitor, MGM reported exceeding minority business (MBE) requirements (30% MBE and 12% County-based MBE minimum requirements) and local hiring goals (20% minimum) during the 3-year construction phase of the casino, spending 40% or $367,907,202.64 of its construction value with certified MBEs (including 17% of construction value or $158,453,385.85 with County-based MBEs) and hiring County residents for 1,097,878 hours or 27% of the over 4 million in total construction work hours on the project, receiving significant praise from Prince George's County Council Member and former Council Chairman, Mel Franklin.[14]


On December 18, 2016, the 66th edition of the Miss World pageant was held at the resort theatre.[15]

Since 2017, American singer and actress, Cher, has been performing her Classic Cher concert residency at The Theater at MGM National Harbor.[16]

On July 12 and 13, 2018, Britney Spears performed two sold out concerts as part of her Piece of Me Tour.[17]

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External links[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c Lazo, Luz (April 20, 2014). "Work begins at MGM National Harbor site as Pr. George's fast-tracks application process". Washington Post. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e Stutz, Howard (June 8, 2014). "At Maryland's National Harbor, MGM Resorts wants to fit in – and stand out". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "MGM National Harbor Casino Set to Open in 2016". CBS DC. Associated Press. March 25, 2015. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d Barker, Jeff (May 4, 2015). "Giant MGM National Harbor casino is looking beyond Maryland". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  6. ^ Symone Garvett (8 December 2016). "MGM National Harbor - HKS Architects". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  7. ^ "MGM National Harbor Resort". smithgroupjjr. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  8. ^ a b MGM National Harbor (February 25, 2016). "MGM National Harbor to Feature Permanent Art Collection Inspired by Capital Region's Rich Heritage". Yahoo Finance (Press release). PR Newswire. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Mary Ann Barton (February 26, 2016). "Regional Art to Be Showcased at MGM National Harbor". Old Town Alexandria, VA Patch. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  10. ^ Drew Hansen (September 7, 2016). "MGM National Harbor's gatemaker? The one and only Bob Dylan". Washington Business Journal. Washington Business Journal. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  11. ^ Kirkwood, Lauren. "RICO suit: MGM casino construction shut out minority businesses". Maryland Daily Record. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  12. ^ "MGM: Nearly 1/3 of contracting firms in casino project are minority-owned". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  13. ^ Sykes, Michael. "Business owners claim MGM broke promise". Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  14. ^ "Prince George's County Councilman Mel Franklin Congratulates MGM National Harbor for Exceeding Local Business Participation and Hiring Requirements". Friends of Mel Franklin. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  15. ^ MGM National Harbor. ""Miss World 2016 To Be Held At The Theater at MGM National Harbor"". MGM National Harbor Newsroom. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  16. ^ MGM National Harbor (19 March 2018). ""World-Renowned Icon Cher Announces Additional 'CLASSIC CHER' Dates in 2018 at Park Theater at Monte Carlo in Las Vegas and The Theater at MGM National Harbor"". MGM National Harbor Newsroom.
  17. ^ "Britney Spears". Live Nation Entertainment. January 22, 2018.
Preceded by
Crown of Beauty Theatre
Sanya, China (2015)
Miss World

Succeeded by
Sanya City Arena
Sanya, China (2017)