Items tagged with 'Rivers Casino Schenectady'

Electric City Food Truck Fest

electric city food truck festival logoThe Rivers Casino in Schenectady is hosting the Electric City Food Truck Fest August 19 along the Mohawk River. The announced lineup of trucks so far:

Capital Q Smokehouse
The Chuck Wagon
Flavors of Lebanon
Wagon Train BBQ
Given to fry
"and more"

There will also be music.

The food truck gathering is that Saturday from noon-5 pm.

Earlier: Food festival strategy

Scenes from opening day at the Rivers Casino in Schenectady

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By Haley Viccaro

Thousands of people would eventually turn out for the opening of the Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady on Wednesday.

But by 9:30 am -- almost three hours ahead of when the doors would officially open -- the crowd numbered just about 200 people waiting in line. And a few eager women secured their spot at the front.

Loshona Bolden, 51, of Albany, got to the casino at midnight. She waited in her car in one of the casino's surface parking lots because she didn't think she would have access to the building at that time. But they were letting people in through the garage entrance, making Gina Gardy, 51, of East Greenbush, who arrived around 4 am, the first person on line.

The two joked that they would share the title of first at the new Rivers Casino.

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Siena poll: Almost a third of Capital Region residents intend to visit Schenectady casino to gamble

Rivers Casino casino floor

The casino opens Wednesday, as you've no doubt heard.

Almost a third of all Capital Region respondents in a new Siena poll say they intend to go to the new Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady at some point to gamble. And about 40 percent said they intend to go there for entertainment of some sort such as dining or the spa.

The Siena Research Institute poll of residents in the following counties: Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady. It was sponsored by New York Council on Problem Gambling.

A few other bits from the poll, which asked people about the casino and other forms of gambling:

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Gawking at the new Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady

Rivers Casino Schenectady exterior

The Rivers Casino and Resort is set to open next Wednesday, February 8 at the Mohawk Harbor site on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady -- as you've no doubt heard.

There was a tour for members of the media yesterday as the casino continued its final preparations and trainings. So we went to have a gawk at the project that's gotten so much hype since the state's December 2014 selection of Rush Street Gaming to build and run a casino at the site.

Here are a bunch of photos...

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A glimpse into the workings of the casino

Rivers Casino Schenectady gaming floor rendering

A rendering of the design for gaming floor at the Schenectady casino.

The Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady announced Thursday that it's now accepting applications for all the positions at the new casino set to open along the Mohawk River early next year.

The company says it's planning to ultimately hire for 1,200 positions. Press release blurbage:

Rivers Casino & Resort will be hiring in stages for all positions leading up to an early 2017 opening of the facility. Job seekers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and to visit the website for job descriptions. Training programs, including the Rivers Casino & Resort Dealer School, will be starting in the coming weeks.

The casino has a web portal set up for listing the positions and gathering applications. The listed jobs range (alphabetically) from banquet coordinator to warehouse supervisor, and include many jobs you'd probably expect -- like cooks and table game dealers. In a way the job application portal is also glimpse inside the operation of the casino -- it's a listing of the types of positions necessary to run machine, so to speak.

So, we can scanned through the list of jobs and here are a few that struck as interesting in some way...

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New set of renderings for the Schenectady casino

Rivers Casino gaming floor rendering

The backers of the Rivers Casino & Resort project at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady released a new set of renderings for the project today. If you'd like gawk, they're after the jump.

The exterior look of the venue has been a point of discussion over the past year as the design shifted from the sleek look white panels and glass in the original proposal, to a more factory-like red/orange brick, and then after criticism from the public, back to something more like the first design. The exterior renderings released today look like those version 3 rendering from last summer.

Today's package of renderings also includes a few interior scenes. And they look like, well, a casino. There's also a look at the casino's "events center," which very much looks like a convention center ballroom.

The casino is currently projected to open in the first quarter of of 2017. [Biz Review]

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Proposed design for the Schenectady casino #3

rivers casino schenectady rendering v3

There are larger, uncropped versions after the jump.

Rush Street Gaming -- the company that will be operating Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady -- released a new set of renderings for the casino project today, and says it's submitted the designs to the Schenectady Planning Commission.

A statement that accompanied the new design, from Rush Street Gaming VP of operations Joe Scibetta:

"Today we submitted to the Schenectady Planning Commission an updated design of Rivers Casino. We put forth a tremendous amount of effort and energy to incorporate the feedback we received from city officials, planners and the community. What we are proposing is a world-class facility, much like our other casino projects."

The new design follows some pointed criticism from the public about a design released in June that was a significant aesthetic departure from the design included with the company's proposal to state Gaming Facility Location Facility Board. The first design had been a sleekly modern building clad in glass and white. The second was much less modern and prominently featured brick, which the company said it thought would "reflect the look and feel of the Schenectady community." A designer for the company told the city's planning commission later that month that they had maybe gone "overboard" in changing the look. [Daily Gazette]

Rush Street released two renderings today -- for the front of the facility and the river side. The new design appears to keep the same shape of the project. But the brick has been swapped out for lighter colors and paneling.

Have a look...

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New look for the Schenectady casino project

Rush Street Gaming -- the company that will be operating Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor, AKA the Schenectady casino -- released new designs for the project Thursday.

It's not surprising that the plans for the casino buildings would change in some way -- that happens frequently on projects both big and small. But the new designs are a significant aesthetic shift, from a sleek exterior that featured white cladding and lots of glass to a new look that prominently features brick.

The press release that accompanied the renderings notes the new plans "detail designs that reflect the look and feel of the Schenectady community." And it includes a quote from Rush Street Gaming CEO Greg Carlin: "We've arrived at a design to complement the City of Schenectady and the Capital Region. We're very proud of this vision and we are looking forward to starting construction." Extended blurbage:

Rivers Casino will be a $300 million gaming facility featuring a 50,000-square-foot gaming floor with 1,150 slot machines and 66 gaming tables. A high-end steakhouse, a "marketplace" with lite fare restaurants, an entertainment lounge, a banquet facility and a spa will also part of the project, as will a 150-room hotel and a parking garage, both to be attached to the gaming facility. Public outdoor open spaces and riverfront walking and biking trails will be part of the project.

The company says the plans have been submitted to the the city of Schenectady Planning Commission for review.

OK, let's have a look at the new renderings, along with some of the designs included in the initial application for comparison...

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