The $440 million del Lago Resort & Casino will open its doors to the public at 10:30 a.m. on February 1, 2017, following a brief press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony. Due to state regulations governing the use of media devices inside an operational casino, members of the press will be required to leave the building by 11 a.m.

In attendance are expected to be del Lago Resort & Casino Executive Vice President and GM Jeff Babinski, del Lago Resort & Casino Co-Chairmen Tom Wilmot Sr. and Brent Stevens, and Tyre Town Supervisor Ron McGreevy joined by government officials and local business leaders.

Thousands of visitors from across the state and region are expected to flood the 94,000 square-foot casino floor in order be the first to play on 2,000 Las Vegas-style slot machines or 77 gaming tables spread throughout, and 12 poker tables located on the south side of the casino.

Resort visitors planning to spend the night or enjoy all of the facility features should check local lodging availability before heading to the casino as the 205-room hotel, spa, banquet space and The Sociale Café & Bar will not be open before summer. For now, upscale dining is available at del Lago’s premiere steak, seafood, and Old World Italian-inspired eatery, Portico by Fabio Viviani. Portico features a plush lounge that overlooks the gaming floor.

There will be plenty of amenities available at Wednesday’s opening including the Farmers Market Buffet which will feature locally sourced fare from meats and dairy products to fresh produce and fruits in season. There’s also plenty of room for entertainment. The Vine is a French Quarter-inspired restaurant and bar by day and a 2,400 person entertainment venue by night. Legendary rock act, Bad Company will open the entertainment venue with a sold out concert on Feb. 10. Concerts and comedy acts are booked through April, so get your tickets early for upcoming events. At the center of the gaming floor visitors will find a bar and lounge dubbed, Centrifico.

The 4,200 square foot food court offers three restaurants including Moe’s Southwest Grill, a locally owned Smashburger outlet, and Finger Lakes-based Ciccino’s Pizzeria & Paninoteca.

For visitors wanting to take home a taste of the Finger Lakes region, Savor New York will offer 2,000 square feet of retail space featuring MacKenzie-Childs and Jay Strongwater products along with a selection of specialty items from Finger Lakes-based companies including local wines, brews, spirits and cheeses.