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Rivers Casino to open at noon on Feb. 8 in Schenectady

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Rivers Casino to open at noon on Feb. 8 in Schenectady

Comes roughly 1 year after ceremonial groundbreaking
Rivers Casino to open at noon on Feb. 8 in Schenectady
The entrance to Rivers Casino and Resort.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady will open at noon on Feb. 8, officials announced Wednesday.

The facility’s gaming area, entertainment lounge and dining options will open to the public in two weeks, roughly one year after the casino hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking. Officials announced the grand opening date in November, but revealed Wednesday that visitors could enter the casino starting at noon.

Rivers Casino and Resort is located on the Mohawk Harbor site along Erie Boulevard. The $330 million facility includes 1,150 slots, 67 gaming tables and a 15-table poker room. In addition, it will feature an entertainment lounge, a banquet hall, dining options and a spa.

Over the past month, slot machines, gaming tables and poker chips have arrived at the casino in preparation for the opening.

All of the other amenities, except for the spa, will be open at noon on Feb. 8 as well, officials said. Splash Spa at Rivers Casino is scheduled to open later in February, according to a press release. The business will be located outside the gaming hall and accessible to patrons under 21.

An adjacent 165-room hotel is on track to open this summer.

In total, the casino is expected to employ about 1,100 people, with an additional 50 people slated to be hired later this year for the hotel.

The casino will be the second property to open on the Mohawk Harbor development. The Courtyard by Marriott at Mohawk Harbor opened in October. Most other projects on the site, including apartments and retail and office buildings, are expected to be open this summer.

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