Groundbreaking date set for Rockford’s Hard Rock Casino
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Ten months after opening Rockford Casino: A Hard Rock Opening Act, Hard Rock leaders will break ground on the permanent casino site.
The ceremony is set for September 28. Executives from Hard Rock, along with local leaders and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, are expected to attend.
Just two weeks ago, the Illinois Gaming Board gave the OK for foundation and utilities work to begin at the former site of the Clock Tower Resort.
“Our opening act in Rockford has been fantastic, but I know the entire Rockford community is just as excited as we are for the main show,” Jon Lucas, COO of Hard Rock International said in a news release. “From the very start, Rockford’s energy has surpassed expectations and it’s no secret they are really ready to rock. Building on that momentum and with the incredible support from the Illinois Gaming Board and the Rockford community, we’re ready to begin the next chapter.”
Since November 2021, the temporary casino has raked in more than $25 million in revenue, according to the Illinois Gaming Board. Hard Rock President Geno Iafrate says he’s happy area residents are enjoying the casino, but his goal is to bring visitors from out of town; an added incentive to break ground on the permanent structure.
Hard Rock Casino Rockford will feature 64,000 square feet of gaming space, a variety of dining options and a Hard Rock Live entertainment venue. The project is expected to generate more than 1,000 part-time and full-time jobs.
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