Racino in Northfield will celebrate becoming MGM Northfield Park

MGM on Tuesday will celebrate entering the Ohio gambling market with the grand opening of MGM Northfield Park, following the $1 billion purchase of the former Hard Rock Rocksino.

MGM will “reveal its iconic MGM Lion statue” during opening ceremonies at 1 p.m. Tuesday, the company announced. The switchover to MGM occurred earlier this week but the company said it was holding off until next week for its ceremonial celebration.

“Community leaders, guests, team members and MGM senior leadership will share this exciting milestone at Ohio’s award-winning, gaming, dining, and entertainment destination,” the announcement said.

MGM Growth Properties in July bought the Rocksino and then announced in September a deal for its related company, MGM Resorts International, to operate the facility.

The Rocksino, located between Akron and Cleveland in northern Summit County, has long been Ohio’s busiest casino or racino, though as a racino regulated by the Ohio Lottery Commission it is prohibited from offering table games and as wide a variety of slots machines as the casinos.

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