MGM Grand Opening: Thousands of extra vehicles expected on the roads

OXON HILL, Md. -- After years of planning and more than $1.3 billion dollars, Thursday was opening night at the MGM.

The casino was expected to attract up to 30 thousand guests within the first 24 hours.

People who live in the area told DCW50, they had been bracing for the casino’s grand opening for a long time.

“Coming in 295, it's just all backed up over there, trying to get on 210, you know, everybody is trying to get to the casino, it's a mad house,” expressed Drew Lawson, who stopped for gas on 210.

Perhaps the people most frustrated were drivers that were just trying to get home from work, some even said they were contemplating working from home in the future.

“Two and a half hours trying to get to and from work just isn’t cutting it any more,” Lawson told DCW50.

Theodore Washington, lives less than an hour from the new MGM, he was also preparing for a a trip that would normally take 45 minutes, to be a two hour commute.

“This road right here, 210, is already overwhelming, so with the MGM bringing the attention it's going to be getting, you have to really prepare for this,” Washington explained.

Prince George’s County has dozens of officers and message board designated for directing traffic around the casino in the coming months.