Friday, September 14, 2012
Free gambling Wednesday caused highways around Arundel Mills to turn into parking lots, according to drivers.
Drivers on Routes 100 and 295 were slowed to a crawl by Arundel Mills Wednesday around lunchtime, if they were lucky. Maryland Live! casino, located in Hanover, rang in the announcement of more than 1,000 additional slot machines by offering $100 in free gambling money to subscribers on its email list. More than 20,000 visitors came to the casino on Wednesday, according to Carmen Gonzales, Maryland Live! spokeswoman, who did not specify how many visitors the casino averaged daily. On opening night, the casino attracted more than 10,000 visitors. Route 100 near 295 was "an absolute nightmare," posted one user to Twitter on Sept. 12. The Baltimore-Washington Parkway "was a parking lot around noon," commented Patch user Brian C. that same day…
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Driver should note a casino event at Maryland Live! by Arundel Mills will snarl Wednesday evening's commute, said officials.
Traffic will be "extremely heavy" on MD 295 and Arundel Mills Boulevard in the late afternoon, according to the State Highway Administration (SHA). Route 100 at Arundel Mills Boulevard may also be congested. SHA recommends using I-95, US 1 (Washington Boulevard) and US 29 (Columbia Pike) as alternate routes. See related story PHOTOS: Maryland Live! Casino Unveils 1,043 New Slot Machines More drivers than usual will be heading to Arundel Mills on Sept. 12 for a special event at Maryland Live! casino. The SHA advises calling 511 or looking at its website showing traffic conditions before heading for the highway.
Throngs of people crowded into Maryland Live! casino Wednesday.
Maryland Live! at Arundel Mills is now the third largest casino in the United States, based on the number of slot machines. On Wednesday, the Maryland Lottery and Maryland Live!’s developers unveiled 1,043 new slot machines at the Hanover casino, bringing its total to 4,750 machines. The two biggest casinos in the nation are both in Connecticut: Foxwoods with 7,000 machines and Mohegan Sun with more than 6,400. The casino in Anne Arundel County opened June 7. Since then, the entertainment facility has added The Cheesecake Factory restaurant and Rams Head Center Stage. In addition to celebrating the new slot machines, a Sept. 12 media event highlighting completion of the casino's second phase of development featured the grand opening of …