Hard Rock International has celebrated breaking ground on the construction of its permanent casino location at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol in Virginia.
Located at 500 Gate City Highway, the casino will be a 300,000 sq ft resort, boasting 1,300 slots, 50 table games a sportsbook, and dining options for guests.
The construction project will create around 1,000 jobs in the local community and will be managed by TN Ward and Berwil Construction. As well as construction jobs, Hard Rock anticipates employing a further 1,200 people once the casino opens its doors.
“This is an exciting day for Bristol,” said Allie Evangelista, President of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol. “Our temporary casino has been a tremendous success, and we already have welcomed guests from all 50 states. Our amazing team members – with their friendly smiles and can-do attitudes – are the foundation of this success.
“I cannot wait for the next step when we open the permanent casino in 2024 and have even more entertainment, dining, and music amenities to offer our customers.”
Hard Rock opened Virginia’s first casino back in July when the temporary Hard Rock Bristol location opened on the first of that month. The temporary location offers guests 870 slots, 21 tables, and a sportsbook and will remain open until the permanent location is complete.
“From the very start, this property’s economic and community impact has surpassed expectations, and we are thrilled to unveil what’s coming next,” stated Jon Lucas, COO of Hard Rock International.
“We are especially grateful to our local partners, Jim McGlothlin and Clyde Stacy, whose vision has made all this possible. Building on our momentum, and with the incredible support from the Virginia Lottery and the Bristol community, we are ready to begin the next chapter.”
During November, Hard Rock Bristol generated $14.1m in adjusted gross revenues and contributed over $2.5m in taxes.