Las Vegas Sands is looking to build the third biggest casino in the US if it wins approval to develop a 72-acre site into the Mitchel Field Integrated Resort District around Nassau Coliseum.
The proposed square footage for the Sands New York casino has been detailed as 396,726, meaning it would only be smaller than WinStar World Casino & Resort in Oklahoma and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
The size of the front print has been revealed in a zoning application filed in the Town of Hempstead, Sands wants to develop over 3.7m square feet for the resort above ground, along with another 3.9m square feet for parking and garages and more than 765,000 square feet of underground space.
The Nassau development includes 1,670 rooms between two hotels, 31,200 square feet of retail space, 60,000 square feet of public attraction space, 213,000 square feet of meeting space, 147,929 square feet for restaurants and bars and 4,500-seat live performance venue.
Town of Hempstead spokesperson Greg Blower said: “The application will be subject to a thorough review. The review will be conducted with full transparency, including public hearings.”
Rich Catalano, of the group ‘Say No to the Casino,’ said: “After disingenuously implying in their talking points that the casino will be small, by emphasizing the gaming floor will be only 10 per cent of its footprint, Las Vegas Sands reported in the zoning application that its behemoth casino will be 393,726 square feet; the size of seven football fields.”
“This provides a clearer pricture of the mammoth scale of the project and validates the concerns of the Say No to the Casino Civic Association and the countless residents of Nassau County who adamantly oppose letting a casino move in and exploit our community for profit,” he added. “We want to make sure everyone in the Town of Hempstead understands what’s at stake. If LVS gets the opportunity to build, our communities will be shattered.”