Overwhelmed MGM National Harbor asks potential guests to come back later

The interior at the MGM National Harbor casino

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. — Prince George’s County Police have disseminated a plea from the newly opened MGM National Harbor Resort and Casino: if you don’t have a reservation, please come back after opening weekend.

The opening of the casino on Thursday clogged roadways and overwhelmed the casino. On Thursday, they reached capacity just 45 minutes after they opened at 10:30 p.m., and they reached capacity during the day again on Friday.

They released a statement to PGPD that said in part, “Others without reservations for tonight or this weekend are encouraged to consider making plans to visit the new resort another time, after grand opening weekend.”

They asked guests who have reservations to arrive early and allow time for crowded roadway conditions.

PGPD and the National Harbor Traffic Command Center have been working hard to prevent opening weekend at the casino from creating a gridlock headache, although a serious increase in traffic was known to be inevitable.

National Harbor Travel Tips, a Twitter account run by Prince George’s County, pointed out “While is at capacity, the restaurants and shops are open for business and receiving guests.”