After four years and $1.4 billion, MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, opened with a high-profile event on Thursday. The new venue, owned by Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International, includes a 308-room hotel, a casino, several restaurants, a 3,000-seat theater, a 27,000-square foot salon and spa, and about 50,000 square feet of meeting space.

The grand opening aimed to bring some Las Vegas glitz to the banks of the Potomac River. Event organizers say that MGM envisioned the party as a glam open house, allowing 5,000 guests to discover everything there is to experience at MGM National Harbor in addition to gambling, such as dining, shopping, art installations, and live performances.

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