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Rivers Casino and Resort Schenectady announces opening date

16 November 2016

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady officials announced today the $330 million gaming and entertainment facility will open its doors to the public on 8 February 2017. The opening will be well in advance of the two-year timeline the New York State Gaming Commission allowed New York commercial casinos. Rivers Casino will open just over 13 months from the approval of its license.

The casino will open just a few days after the anniversary of the facility's ceremonial groundbreaking, which was held 3 February 2016. The announcement was made today during a ceremony at the casino, during which Rush Street Gaming representatives were joined by local and state officials to thank construction partners and local trades. Nearly 300,000 hours of labor have been utilized by the building trades to date, with the final number of hours to exceed 500,000 when the 165-room hotel is complete.

"Our construction partners have simply done a remarkable job, and I want to salute every one of the many hundreds of workers who are working hard to make this vision a reality," said Rush Street Gaming CEO Rush Carlin. "This is Rush Street Gaming's fourth ground-up casino development, and we look forward to being a great asset to the City and County of Schenectady, the Capital Region and the State of New York."

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady General Manager Mary Cheeks threw the switch reveal the opening date on the casino's LED sign that will welcome guests to the property. The state-of-the-art LED matrix consumes just 30% of the energy most LED bulbs draw. It is just one of the many sustainability aspects of Rivers Casino & Resort, which will be LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Details about the Grand Opening of Rivers Casino & Resort will be released in the coming weeks. The first guests will have a full day of special promotions and events to look forward to, in addition to the excitement of the gaming floor and the property's restaurants and amenities.

Rivers Casino & Resort's Rush Rewards Player's Club is open for guests to sign up at the website. The player loyalty program will let players earn rewards such as free play, amenity and food comps, prizes and more. The introductory Rush to Rewards Online Contest gives registrants the chance to instantly win Free Slot Play or Comp Dollars, and be entered into a Grand Prize drawing for $10,000. Prizes will be claimable upon the casino's opening. Entries are limited to one per person, and the contest is open to anyone 21 and older.

"Our team can't wait to show Rivers Casino & Resort to the Capital Region for the first time," said Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady General Manager Mary Cheeks. "I want to express my thanks to our construction partners and to the Rivers team for getting us to this milestone so quickly. Our focus is now on finishing our hiring and training efforts and making sure our team is ready to deliver a superior customer experience when we open our doors in February."

"We have been witness to a dramatic transformation this year, as Rivers Casino & Resort quickly rose from an under-utilized, industrial brownfield," said Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy. "The Schenectady waterfront was once the site of great prosperity for the city and the region as the home of the American Locomotive Company; with Rivers preparing to open its doors and put hundreds of people to work, that time has come again."

Rivers Casino & Resort will employ more than 1,100 team members. The casino will continue to fill positions over the weeks leading up to opening, and all positions are open for applications on the website. Rivers offers its team members competitive wages and benefits, training, advancement opportunities and incentives such as immediately-vested 401(k) plans and tuition reimbursement.

The operator of Rivers Casino & Resort, Rush Street Gaming, operates three other casinos, all of which have been named a 2015 Best Place to Work or Top Workplace by their team members.

Rivers Casino & Resort is a $330 million project that will have a 50,000-square-foot gaming floor with 1,142 slot machines, 67 gaming tables and 15 poker tables attached to a 165-room hotel and a 10,000-square-foot banquet facility capable of hosting up to 900 people for conventions and special events, one of the largest spaces in the region. The casino will take full advantage of its riverfront location with outdoor patios and pre-function spaces.

Rivers Casino & Resort will be located adjacent to a new mixed-use Mohawk Harbor development currently under construction by the Galesi Group, which constitutes an additional $150 million investment in the 60-acre riverfront property. The mix of residential, retail and commercial space will include a 124-room Courtyard by Marriott and a 50-slip harbor on the Mohawk River and Erie Canal.

For more information on Rivers Casino & Resort, visit the website.

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