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Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is a hotel, casino, and spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. The casino hotel features 2,002 rooms and is the largest hotel in New Jersey. Borgata opened in July 2003 and is the top-grossing casino in Atlantic City. Borgata was part of a major project in Atlantic City nicknamed "The Tunnel Project", started around 1999. When Steve Wynn planned the Le Jardin in Atlantic City, he wanted to connect a $330 million 2.5-mile (4.0 km) tunnel from the Atlantic City Expressway to the new resort, later named the Atlantic City-Brigantine Connector, which would funnel incoming traffic off the Atlantic City Expressway into the citys marina district. This caused major controversy, as it would cut through a residential neighborhood and competitor Donald Trump sued Wynn for it saying that it was a "driveway" to his casino. The Tunnel Project did go on, even after Le Jardin was cancelled, finally opening in 2001. Borgata opened on July 2, 2003 at 11:45pm, as a joint venture between MGM Mirage and Boyd Gaming. The main tower is the third tallest building in Atlantic City and is visible from many miles away due to its facade of reflective gold glass. The firms Marnell Corrao Associates of Las Vegas and Philadelphia’s Bower Lewis and Thrower Architects (BLT) worked on the project.