EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. | Meadowlands Casino Development


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A Meadowlands casino? How about four, business group says

By S.P. Sullivan | NJ.com on August 20, 2014 at 5:01 AM

CARLSTADT — With one casino in Atlantic City already shuttered this year and another three expected to close shortly, a regional business group yesterday rolled out its grand vision for a Meadowlands of the future — with as many as four casinos.

The proposal, presented by the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce to business leaders and reporters, conjures several possible gambling meccas, including a resort-style hotel and casino and a combination race track and casino — otherwise known as a racino — at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

The ambitious plan was missing one crucial ingredient: money.

“Who’s going to pay for it?” the chamber president, Jim Kirkos, said. “We’re going to ask people to step up to the table and come up with ideas.”

Kirkos added that proposals to open New Jersey’s casino gambling licenses to areas beyond Atlantic City have generated “significant private interest” in a Meadowlands establishment.

The New Jersey Constitution limits casino gambling to Atlantic City, but the announced closings of Showboat, Revel and Trump Plaza — leaving eight gaming halls in the seashore resort — have intensified the drumbeat for a 2015 referendum on expanding gambling to other parts of the state.

Banking on that possibility, the Meadowlands chamber updated its 2011 “vision plan” for the sports complex, now home to MetLife Stadium, the Izod Center, Meadowlands Racetrack and the long-stalled American Dream Meadowlands project.

That vision includes 2,000 new hotel rooms, a 1-million-square-foot convention center, up to 20,000 additional parking spaces and a 1½-mile monorail to move visitors around the complex. The total cost is estimated at nearly $1.2 billion.

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Pics by me. Taken this morning of the American Dream Mall aka Xanadu.

Lots of activity, so unsure why they think its dead.


Xanadu 1 by Christopher Estevez, on Flickr


Xanadu 2 by Christopher Estevez, on Flickr


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Oh, it’s not dead. It’s like a friggin’ zombie. Moves slow and inexplicably unable to die.


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Drove by this via turnpike this morning (Friday). Lots of activity and tons of work was occurring via workers on articulated boom lifts. Will be nice when this opens. It’ll alleviate some of that traffic as a result of some roads being sealed near it.


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I don’t think anyone actually thinks it’s dead. It’s just fashionable to joke about it here in Jersey. We’re well aware of the progress for the past couple years here and I’m excited for the spring '19 opening. Looks like it’ll be fun.