Hard Rock’s temporary casino in Rockford City, Illinois, will remain in operation for two years.
US.- In its first 22 days of operations, The Rockford Casino, operated by Hard Rock International, took in $4.1m in revenue. According to the Illinois Gaming Board, 41,637 admissions were recorded in November.
Of the total gross receipts, the casino will pay $497,000 in state taxes, $249,000 of which will go to the Rockford area. Hard Rock has hired nearly 300 employees so far to work at the casino, located at Giovanni’s Restaurant and Convention Center at 610 N Bell School Road. It hosts more than 600 slot machines, a sports bar, and a restaurant.
The casino will remain in operation for two years while construction takes place on the permanent $310m Hard Rock Casino Rockford at the site of the former Clock Tower Resort on E. State Street.
Jon Lucas, COO of Hard Rock International said at the opening: “We all know that every great musical begins with an opening act. This is no different. Thanks to the unwavering support from our leaders and members of the community, Hard Rock International is able to expand our footprint and bring to life the excitement that our team is so pleased to be a part of.
“We could not be prouder of this project and look forward to continuing to integrate ourselves into this incredible community for years to come.”