The grand opening of Encore Boston Harbor is just around the corner as patrons prepare for entertainment and surrounding neighborhoods brace for increased traffic.
The $2.6 billion hotel and resort boats more than a dozen restaurants, a late-night last call for alcohol that ends at 4 a.m. and more than 3,000 slot machines. It opens its doors to the public at 10 a.m. Sunday.
"We're no longer a gritty city," said Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria. "We're a city on the move."
Everett is preparing to welcome about 50,000 people to its newest business and the city is urging visitors to take one of the numerous public transportation options available. The commuter rail, premium motor coaches and water shuttles will be available as an alternative to driving.
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In an attempt to ease congestion, synchronized traffic signals and real-time traffic monitoring will be made for the first few weeks of business. Police will also mandate traffic and shut down immediate roads if there is a surplus of visitors.
No cars or people will be permitted for queing prior to 5 a.m. when the main gates open.
Encore leased 700 parking spaces for its employees at the Station Landing garage, which is near the Welligton MBTA station in Medford.
Those who want to stay in one of the more than 600 lavish rooms at the hotel can expect to pay a pretty penny for their lodging.
"We clearly cater to the higher-end segment, but everybody is invited," Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox said.
Encore's website has rooms available that range from around $700 to $2,600 per night for the first few weeks of business.
Individuals must be 21 yeard of age or older to enter the casino floor. No professional photography, selfie stics, tripods or monopods is allowed.
Encore will provide water in queue lines, but will not allow outside food or drinks. Additionally, no coolers or strollers.
Weapons, firearms, pepper spray, pocket knives and mace are not permitted. Marijuana products, illegal drugs or substances are forbidden.
Guests will have their bags searched and backpacks and large bags will not be allowed inside the venue.